Pacemakers, Rod McRae, 2011


Pacemakers, 2011

About the work:

Pacemakers (as pictured below), consists of 20 free standing wooden figures on separate plinths, each dressed in the skin of a white rabbit and a lab coat, each carrying a single pacemaker in their hands. The pacemakers are pre –owned and have been harvested prior to cremation as they are given to exploding in the furnace. Many still have a battery life but current laws forbid the reuse of these expensive little devices in humans even in the Third World where this technology is too expensive to be widely available. Veterinarian science is exploring their reuse on dogs however.

Pacemakers touches on issues of vivisection and animal experimentation and attempts to illustrate the intertwined relationship that exists between patience and doctor, researcher/scientist and animal.

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