René Descartes, the founder of modern philosophy, visited Queen Kristina of Sweden in Uppsala in 1649–1650. His influence on the queen had significance far beyond her personal development. With the support and interest of Queen Kristina, Olaus Rüdbeck (1630-1702) was able to construct the first anatomical theatre of the North, in the dome of the university building of Uppsala, to facilitate his study of human anatomy.
A full scale model of the anatomical theatre built in 1662-63 for Gustavianum, Uppsala University, was erected as a multifaceted art-project as part of the Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2013 in the Vigeland Park in the City of Oslo.
It was operative as a place of research and contemplation through an associated programme exploring themes such as body in space and mind/ body theories- and practices. The Anatomical Theatre was present in the Vigelandpark of Oslo for three months in 2013.
A selection of essays and artistic contributions from the art project being published as an anthology in November 2018. The project itself, including the artist book/ anthology, serves to create a mind opening dialogue-theatre with historical reference. With Anatomical Theatre as a platform, we can explore a possible common ground for understanding the physical, mental and spiritual experience.