Watch an ”Autopsy of a Machine” during Dittrick Center event

Anatomy of a Machine photoOn Monday, April 22, at 6 p.m., Vittorio Marchis will present “Autopsy of a Machine” in Ford Auditorium.

Renowned for his performative public history, Marchis will perform an autopsy of a 1940s electrocardiograph machine and discuss technologies for viewing the body.

Combining performance art with a deep understanding of historical objects, Marchis will look inside the historical machines that have allowed physicians to peer into the human machine. Layered with metaphor, Marchis’ autopsy will transform how we view not only medical technologies but historical artifacts themselves. Conjuring the modern crime laboratory, Marchis will disassemble a historical artifact, raising questions about the meaning of artifacts in public humanities, as well as the digital age.

An RSVP is required to Jennifer Nieves at or 216.368.3648

This event is cosponsored by the Dittrick Medical History Center and the Center for Public History and Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University.

For more information, visit the event’s website.