1953, Professor J. Gough from the Institute of Pathology, Cardiff,
developed a rarely used method of conservation, consisting in the
application of an ultra-thin layer of an organ on paper protected by
transparent film. The result looks like a piece of parchment upon which
the flesh itself ‘draws’ the histological and anatomical
details. The veins, arteries, folded tissues, filtering networks,
excrescences become forms sculpted by forces just like the surface of
planets in our solar system, or exo-planets in other galaxies.
Once scanned at high resolution, processes of morphogenesis and erosion
reveal an endo-landscape with intriguing shapes and a wealth of subtle
details. A succession of discs cut from these plates, like pieces of
orange peel, transform images into a mapping of unknown exo-planets:
the extraordinary sense of accuracy seems to make them almost habitable.
Geological formations such as mountain ranges, valleys, rivers, lakes,
oceans, ice caps and even turbulent, corrosive or hospitable
weather-formations seem to emerge where the cellular flesh has been
subject to pathological violence or metabolic exhaustion.