Wednesday, 14 January 2015

PHILIP'S MANIKIN AND A MECHANICAL HAND

Stop motion experiment 1: Prosthetic hand worn by Mrs Florence Bishop under a glove during social occassions, Derby Silk Mill.

Stop motion experiment 2: Stop motion film of a Philips Manikin: a Victorian anatomical pop-up book of the human body.
Animation of a Philips Manikin book within the museum collection at Derby Silk Mill.
Philips were a publisher of maps; this book was their first publication of the male anatomical body.
The Manikin uses paper enginering techniques, such as gatefolds that were originally used in cartographic publications, and applied these folds to unfolding the human body. The effect is that of dissecting the body and was used as a learning tool by students of medicine.

We are currently carrying out a maker residency at Derby Silk Mill that has involved researching their collection as a starting point for making. These short films form part of our research and development process investigating the mechanics of movement.

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