Artwork by Aussie euthanasia advocate is Synecdochian

Philip Nitschke is a controversial Australian doctor most noted for his longtime advocacy of euthanasia. He also has an art installation in Tasmiania with shades of Dianne Wiest near the end of Synecdoche, New York.

 my beautiful chair

7. My Beautiful Chair, Mona, Tasmania

More poignant than strange, this haunting installation simulates the process of euthanasia in a cosy living room setting and is known for bringing viewers to tears.

It was created by sculptor Greg Taylor and Dr Philip Nitschke, a euthanasia advocate and inventor of “the Deliverance Machine”, which was legal in the Northern Territory between 1995 and 1997. Nitschke’s Deliverance Machine was connected to a computer that asked a series of questions to confirm a person’s wish to die before administering a lethal shot.

The art installation is activated when someone sits on the leather chair and it asks participants the exact same questions as the Deliverance Machine. If consent is given, it describes the body’s physiological response until the very end when the screen displays: “You are now dead.” (Source)

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That's via "The 10 strangest artefacts in Australian museums – sorted" over at the Guardian.

Thanks to Mark for pointing it out, and sorry it took FOREVER for me to post.


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