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“Is Violence evolutionary?” How do we perceive violent deaths in different time and space? How is art contributing in the understanding of violence and how different representations of the same event affect our emotions?

Violence embodies one of the most ancient dialogues between art and science. Throughout history and pre-history, the cultural rituals of war, the mythologies and the technologies of cruelty and most importantly, the re-translation of death into a celebration of life allied those who study truths (scientists) with those who create truths (artists).
PM aims to render these sci-art dialogues visible and stimulating for a wide audience: it will transform the material remains of apparent brutality into a synesthetic gallery of knowledge and imagination. Filtered through new media technologies, the skeleton-archives of violence are re-assembled into three-dimensional re-enactments of action.
These interventions open up illusory windows into the kinesiology and anatomy of murder, carving out evolutionary paths of cruelty across time. Displayed as immaterial sculptures of truth, these ethereal maps of terror are then re-introduced into a panorama of visual art.
Scientists and artists will transform the scientific representation of violence into new forms of storytelling. Six historical murder victims are given the opportunity to re-write their truth through a synergy of artwork and digital content. The audience will actively participate in the storytelling by understanding both material culture evidence provided at the exhibition but also by contributing in on-site creative and scientific activities.

Author: Alexandros Papadopoulos, Liverpool Hope University

The concept of this project is based on a previous joint application by E. Kranioti and A. Papadopoulos.

Cases

Time Period: 400-600 AD (approximate)

Location:  Lundin Links beach, South-East Fife coastline, Scotland (United Kingdom)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 35-45 years old

Stature: approximately 177.7cm or 5ft 10 inches.

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to back of the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) which resulted in suffering fatal injuries. Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/mystery-man-buried-1500-years-ago-might-finally-solved-dundee-experts/

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/brutal-death-of-pictish-man-in-fife-revealed-by-1-500-year-old-skull-1-4813757/amp?__twitter_impression=true

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Time Period: 100-700 AD (approximate)

Location:  Roman Empire outpost, Ibiza, Balearic island (Spain)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  female

Age: 18-25 years old

Stature: unknown

 

Cause of death: Penetrating injury to the right side of the head.

 

The individual suffered a single violent-traumatic blow with a sharp pointed object which resulted in suffering fatal injuries.

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Time Period: 1000-1100 AD (approximate)

Location:  St John’s College, Oxford city centre, England (United Kingdom). 

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 16-25 years old

Stature: approximately 172.2cm or 5ft 8 inches.

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes to the head with multiple sharp bladed objects which resulted in suffering fatal injuries. Additionally, sharp force trauma marks his left leg, both of his hips and between his shoulder blades.

Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

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Time Period: 1200-1600AD

Location:  Whitefriars Carmelite Friary, Perth, Scotland (United Kingdom)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 35-45 years old

Stature: approximately 167.7cm or 5ft 6 inches

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered a single strike with a sharp object with a square outline around the time of his death.  Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

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Time Period: 1800-1900 AD or earlier

Location:  Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)

Source of data: Dr René Gapert, Human Remains Services Ireland.

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 26-35 years old

Stature: unknown

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) around the time of his death.  Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

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Lundin Links -The Pictish man

Time Period: 400-600 AD (approximate)

Location:  Lundin Links beach, South-East Fife coastline, Scotland (United Kingdom)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 35-45 years old

Stature: approximately 177.7cm or 5ft 10 inches.

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to back of the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) which resulted in suffering fatal injuries. Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/mystery-man-buried-1500-years-ago-might-finally-solved-dundee-experts/

https://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/brutal-death-of-pictish-man-in-fife-revealed-by-1-500-year-old-skull-1-4813757/amp?__twitter_impression=true

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Can Peré – the Spanish Woman

Time Period: 100-700 AD (approximate)

Location:  Roman Empire outpost, Ibiza, Balearic island (Spain)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  female

Age: 18-25 years old

Stature: unknown

 

Cause of death: Penetrating injury to the right side of the head.

 

The individual suffered a single violent-traumatic blow with a sharp pointed object which resulted in suffering fatal injuries.

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St John’s College – the Dane

Time Period: 1000-1100 AD (approximate)

Location:  St John’s College, Oxford city centre, England (United Kingdom). 

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 16-25 years old

Stature: approximately 172.2cm or 5ft 8 inches.

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes to the head with multiple sharp bladed objects which resulted in suffering fatal injuries. Additionally, sharp force trauma marks his left leg, both of his hips and between his shoulder blades.

Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

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Whitefriars – the Man from Perth

Time Period: 1200-1600AD

Location:  Whitefriars Carmelite Friary, Perth, Scotland (United Kingdom)

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 35-45 years old

Stature: approximately 167.7cm or 5ft 6 inches

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered a single strike with a sharp object with a square outline around the time of his death.  Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

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Trinity College – the unknown Man

Time Period: 1800-1900 AD or earlier

Location:  Trinity College, Dublin (Ireland)

Source of data: Dr René Gapert, Human Remains Services Ireland.

 

Demographic Information:

Sex:  male

Age: 26-35 years old

Stature: unknown

 

Cause of death: Sharp force injuries to the head.

 

The individual suffered multiple strikes with sharp bladed object(s) around the time of his death.  Our forensic team investigated the circumstances of his death with a series of experiments using different scenarios.

Join us in our main event for more!