The essay investigates the imaginary of head transplantation. Head transplantation, so far never put into practice due to both technical and ethical reasons, has recently become a central topic of critical debate because of Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero’s plan to perform it in 2017, on a patient affected by spinal muscular atrophy. The analysis focuses on Canavero’s communication strategies, largely based on Western visual imaginary, to make public opinion accept this surgical operation – very innovative, but also much questionable since it will dramatically alter the patient’s self-construction –, and contextualizes them within a wider artistic reflection on surgically reassembled bodies.

(2017). «Occhi nuovi»: L’immaginario del trapianto di testa fra scienza, cinema e arte [journal article - articolo]. In STUDI CULTURALI. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/169811

«Occhi nuovi»: L’immaginario del trapianto di testa fra scienza, cinema e arte

Damiani, Sara
2017

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The essay investigates the imaginary of head transplantation. Head transplantation, so far never put into practice due to both technical and ethical reasons, has recently become a central topic of critical debate because of Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero’s plan to perform it in 2017, on a patient affected by spinal muscular atrophy. The analysis focuses on Canavero’s communication strategies, largely based on Western visual imaginary, to make public opinion accept this surgical operation – very innovative, but also much questionable since it will dramatically alter the patient’s self-construction –, and contextualizes them within a wider artistic reflection on surgically reassembled bodies.
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Damiani, Sara
(2017). «Occhi nuovi»: L’immaginario del trapianto di testa fra scienza, cinema e arte [journal article - articolo]. In STUDI CULTURALI. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10446/169811
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