First the ear, then the heart. Those are the body parts the Guardian is starting with in a new podcast called Body Pods.
In each podcast, an artist and a scientist collaborate to explore a different body part. And if the first two are any indication of what to expect from the series, Body Pods will use creative, unpredictable storytelling to make the familiar seem new.
“The Ear” is no standard march through the anvil, stirrup and hammer of aural anatomy. Instead, it’s a powerful piece of auditory art and a (sometimes) dissonant exploration of how we perceive sound.
“The Heart” might make yours soar. A cardiologist describes heart surgery, and a performance artist says, “I wonder if one day people’s broken hearts will be as reparable . . . a cardiologist could replace a faulty valve in the heartsick and lovelorn and dispirited.” The artist and doctor then run through a hilarious mock scene where they overlook a patient who’s heart has suffered abandonment, multiple dumpings and scarring of the inner child.
“People need to realize that their heart is not just for Valentine’s Day,” says the cardiologist. “Their heart is for life.”
“Quite, doctor,” responds the artist. “Quite.”
This series looks a body of work quite worth following.