In 1962, Robert Ettinger published The Prospect of Immortality, the book that gave birth to the idea of ‘cryonics’ – the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day restore life. Fifty years later, between 2006 and 2015, Murray Ballard has undertaken an extensive photographic investigation of the practice Ettinger inspired. Murray’s photographs take the viewer on a journey through the small but dedicated international cryonics community, from the English seaside retirement town of Peacehaven; through the high-tech laboratories of Arizona; to the rudimentary facilities of KrioRus, on the outskirts of Moscow. Worldwide there are approximately 200 patients stored permanently in liquid nitrogen, with a further two thousand people signed up for cryonics after death.
On Thursday 17th March, photographer Murray Ballard will be in conversation with Gordon MacDonald of GOST books at Phoenix Brighton, to mark the launch of his new book ‘The Prospect of Immortality’. The event is a collaboration with Miniclick and will be chaired by Jim Stephenson. This book is the result of Murray’s 10 year investigation into cryonics, the process of freezing a human body after death in the hope that scientific advances might one day restore life.
The in conversation will begin at 7pm and there will be the opportunity for questions from the audience after the event. Advance copies of the book will be available for purchase on the evening, signed by Murray, for £35. The book is available for pre-sale from www.gostbooks.com/books/61/the-prospect-of-immortality
Murray Ballard Book Launch at Phoenix Brighton, 10–14 Waterloo Place, Brighton, BN2 9NB. Thursday 17th March, 6 – 8pm.
Late night gallery opening to view The New Immortals exhibition until 8pm.