"MASSNAHME" Museum of Natural History Vienna 2013

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Nicole Prutsch

"MASSNAHME" Museum of Natural History Vienna 2013

Winter 1933, Romania. Within the ‘Family anthropological examinations in the East-Swabian village Marienfeld in the Banat region of Romania’ body parts of 1081 people are measured simultaneously at 8 working stations. Conceived to establish a method for proof of paternity, the study also provides a genetic-biological basis for addressing 'racial issues'. However, the project, that raises an enormous amount of data, is never concluded as actualized knowledge initiates a change in paradigm. September 2012, Netherlands. Scientists explore 5 genes being responsible for the morphology of the face: PRDM16, PAX3, TP63, C5orf50 and COL17A1. MASSNAHME displays archive material of the 'Marienfeld Project' and views on the compulsion of measuring the body as a seeming necessity for self-assurance in the exponential progress of technological possibilities. In Cooperation with HR Ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Maria Teschler-Nicola, Head of Department, Department of Anthropology, Museum of Natural History Vienna

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Nicole Prutsch

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The video projections show the scientists positions in the 8 working stations. In each position, the proband has been removed; the view is transposed back on the scientist. The scenes were shot partly in Vienna as well as in the park in Teremia Mare (Marienfeld) in winter 2012

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

"MASSNAHME" Museum of Natural History Vienna 2013

6 Individuals of the family ‘Dörner’ are chosen and presented in portraits, bringing together the separate parts of body data. The patriarch is shown on a photograph of the memory book of the examinations in Marienfeld, proudly presenting the genealogical tree of the family.

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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The test tubes in the vitrine show colored layers of Glycerin, layered in different densities on top of one another. The metric values of each person are translated from centimeters into milliliters, a transformation of one measure into another. The hydrophilic Glycerin will mix up by time and the different layers become one

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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It is written, in literature and current newspapers of that time, that the population of Marienfeld would have suggested the examinations on their own

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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Nicole Prutsch

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The journey to Teremia Mare with the intention to shoot the video in the cultural hall, the location of the measurements in 1933/34. However, this door remained closed, against all allowances and a fixed appointment with the cultural referent of Teremia Mare

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