Pictures by Marina Rebhandl
An Uncertain Straight, Vienna, 2019
The Human Body is composed of several octillion atoms. And each one of these atoms was created in space, some of them directly at the big bang, like hydrogen, and some others out of collisions or explosions of stars. Each one of the atoms creating our bodies was born in space, and arrived in the right place at the right time on the perfectly positioned earth to bond and make up humans, trees, minerals and everything we know on the planet.
In each one of the 200 bottles hangs one element in a specific form (mineral, liquid, gas) and it is labelled with the place where it was created and the place where we can find it on earth.
In the front corner of the project you can recognize a group of bottles which labels have a human figure drawn on them. These elements are the ones that make up our bodies. So, our bodies were actually created at the big bang, in exploding massive starts or white dwarfs, and even in collision of neutron stars. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.” — Carl Sagan