The Anatomy of a Fatality
Thursday July 27, 2017
6:00 – 8:00PM
The International Museum of Surgical Science is pleased to partner with the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago to bring you “The Anatomy of a Fatality.”
The event will feature a lecture and demonstration from Mugai Ryu Chicago, practitioners of a traditional form of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to the 1600’s.
It is important to realize the consequences of a cut to any part of the human body.
The lecture will discuss samurai combative theory in relation to human anatomy and targets on the body both armored and unarmored. Samurai history and culture will also be touched upon, as well as a demonstration of traditional Japanese Swordsmanship.
After the lecture a short seminar will allow guests to learn the basics of cutting so they may gain a better understanding of “The Anatomy of a Fatality”, Samurai style.
The event will end with a tasting from Mesh & Bone of Shochu, a special vodka-like spirit distilled from barley. Shochu is special liquor similar to sake, and is created in Japan.
The type of swordsmanship that will be demonstrated and discussed at this event is Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo. Mugai Ryu is a traditional, feudal-era style of swordsmanship founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in the year 1675. The style aims at teaching practical, combative sword techniques with an emphasis on Zen and the attainment of enlightenment through swordsmanship. A Mugai Ryu swordsman attacks vulnerable or exposed parts of the body with precise cuts and thrusts to incapacitate its target with minimal force and no wasted effort.
Please note: Doors will open at 5:30pm for this event. Please arrive no later than 6:00pm. Tickets for this event are non-refundable. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event and a valid ID will be needed to enter.
Artist in Residence Exhibition Opening Reception
Tuesday August 1, 2017
5:30 – 7:00PM
Please join us Tuesday August 1, 2017 for the opening of Carrie Olivia Adams’ Residency Capstone Exhibition – a culmination of Adams’ work over the last six months as IMSS Spring 2017 Artist in Residence. The event will be multi-disciplinary, drawing on Adams’s poetry and her collaborations with musicians and dancers. Adams will read poetic text from artist books that will be on display at the Museum. The text draws from her research into early women in medicine in Chicago and the relationship between the female body and pain. And she will show a video screening of a sound and movement adaptation of her work on surgery and liminality of the body.