Won’t you hurt me

by Elena Keller


Our attitude towards pain is very ambivalent. We consider hurting as something bad, thus knowing that it is essential to our lives. But what is essential about it? Where is it generated? And how do we connect it to certain parts of the body?00_pain_1200


Because even small processes of our body are highly complex and impossible for us to grasp, the project uses objects and materials to make abstract knowledge tangible. Since the beauty of a process is best shown in its movement, video is a central medium of the project. _231


The objects used _01_1_explanation_kl


Visceral refers to internal organs in the body ñ those around the chest, the heart, those within the abdomen such as the liver, intestines and pancreas. _01_3_somatic_kl


Somatic is the part of the body that is in the periphery consisting mainly of skin, skeletal muscle and sensory organs. _01_2_visceral


Pain is first provoked by an intense chemical, mechanical or thermal stimulation of sensory nerve cells. _01_4_reasons_kl


When we perceive damage, a stimulus is transmitted to the central nervous system, where it is interpreted and transformed into pain. Therefore pain is in the majority of cases a relatively reliable indicator of what’s going on in our body. _02_1200_190_


A case where pain is giving a wrong picture of what is going on in the body, is referred pain. It describes the case, that pain isn’t perceived at the spot where the damage was created, but at another organ. _03_3_1200_220