Demonstration 50.15 is a cool-hued portrait of the anatomy laboratory at Oxford University and follows the repetitive daily activities of the mortuary technician as he embalms and prepares bodies for medical students. The work reveals his quiet dignity and diligence within an environment more often recognised for scientific breakthroughs or ethical controversies. The absence of visible flesh - due to recent laws protecting the identity of the deceased - enables the film both to maintain and collapse the myth and mystery of the space.
Demonstration 50.15 was produced during a Wellcome Trust residency in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford in 2007-9. It was first shown at OVADA Gallery in Oxford and has subsequently show as part of New Work UK at Whitechapel Art Gallery, and at Kassell Documentary Film Festival, Germany.