Meet Graham, TAC’s interactive sculpture by artist Patricia Piccinini


The truth is that cars have evolved
a lot faster than we have. Our bodies are just not equipped
to handle the forces in common crash scenarios. I’m Dr David Logan. I’m a Senior Research Fellow at the Monash University
Accident Research Centre. My name’s Christian Kenfield. I’m a trauma surgeon here
at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. My name Patricia Piccinini
and I’m an artist. On a nearly daily basis, I see the
effects of motor vehicle accidents, both passengers, drivers, and, of course, the pedestrians
that are involved in these accidents. In the modern world we’re subjecting
our bodies to much higher speeds and the body just doesn’t have
the physiology to absorb the energy when things go wrong. The dangers at even low speeds such
as 25, 30, 25km/h is quite great. So if we were to try to design
the body, if we were able to do that, in a way that would afford
more protection… It’s a difficult question. It’s not
something that we think about often. What excites me about this project is
its relevance to our community. I get to collaborate
with really interesting people and that’s really energising. I really feel as though it’s possibly
to make a difference in road safety. We really work hard on developing
evidence-based research. In 50% of crashes,
the car doesn’t have time to break. PATRICIA: So what happens
to the body? Does it go under or over? For the higher cars,
like four-wheel drives, instead of going over the top
of the bonnet, if they’re high enough,
they’ll catch you and they’ll drag you underneath
instead. The most significant part of the body
for injury is the head. And so as the head stops, the brain
actually keeps moving forwards, smashing against
the front part of the skull, and then bouncing backwards and getting an injury
on the back of the head as well. And we just don’t appreciate when
we’re talking about it the forces in a car accident,
but they’re incredible. The strongest man cannot hold himself
from going forwards in a car accident because the forces are so great. A crash is about managing energy, so when we’re moving along the road,
we have energy. When we suddenly stop the car
because we’re in a crash, that energy has to be absorbed
by the car and by the driver. It would be great
if we had more protection. We want to stop over time. What we need to be thinking
is airbag rather than armour. It’s sad that we need to think about
changing our body just so that we can survive
a motor vehicle crash. PATRICIA: For me,
this is a challenge to make it work, that it’s not just a museum piece. It can be the vehicle
for a very important idea.

87 comments

  • baddmanaz

    Good work

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  • Faust © Extreme Music Composer

    how it has to evolve to withstand an asteroid ??

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  • shakom-o-astal

    It will be very interesting to see "Graham" as a movie character.

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  • Lukey Firsty

    FIRST COMMENT! LIKE SO I GET TOP COMMENT WHEN THIS GETS FEATURED

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  • Winona valeska

    I thought this was something different but I'm not disappointed

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  • MetalPcAngel

    Oh hey, it looks like "Rubber Johnny" has finally grown. . . and let himself go. Oh boy.

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  • Oliver Nutkins-Middleton

    Sooo…where was the interactive sculpture?

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  • thaintriguing1

    Welp, I landed on the weird side of YouTube again.

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  • Willo TheWisp

    First

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  • Harry c

    yo were the rest of it at

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  • S Pot

    Textbook case of survivorship bias in this "study" (NPR has a great podcast on it): take the damage report in people who actually make it to the hospital and create a scenario around them. They should include a forensic pathologist once in a while. Also scaling is a problem. You cannot just make a certain bodypiece bigger and expect the system to work. Also what kind of setting is this even supposed to be? Modern cars have evolved extremely over the past 50 years or so. When the surgeon claims that the body cannot sustain modern crashes quite the opposite might be the case – the fact that he sees what he sees in his ER is the result of a much better surviveability of crashes. It is not "wow, look at that smashed body!" it is "look how this part could be so smashed up and the rest survived! that guy would have never even made it onto the stretcher in the 80s!". What is also completely left out of the picture (at least in the small bits that were shown) is the role of emergency medicine. A lot has changed there, too! What exactly is the point of this nonsense?

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  • Tahirul

    so much for meeting graham

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  • sebastian zamora zamora yañez

    Ok demasiada internet por hoy

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  • Luō ēn dasnewtron

    first!

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  • The Hh

    So where's the final product?!

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  • Boi

    No comments

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  • Lucky Kitty

    What did I just watch?

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  • Tech Davey

    Allegedly (I say allegedly because I don't have verified UK government figures) more people were killed on the roads in England in the 1920s than are killed today.! The chief problems were cars that only had braking on the rear wheels. Drum brakes were standard, in fact it would be another fifty years before trustworthy disc brakes became commonplace. The cars of the1920s had no seat belts and no energy-absorbing crumple zones, six volt electrics and dim lighting were also par for the course unless one could afford a Rolls-Royce. As time went by, four wheel braking was introduced. Early attempts to actuate the front brakes were mechanical and horribly tempermental mechanisms that were prone to wear and rust were used. Some of those ancient cars were deadly as it was possible to buy a car with a six cylinder 100 HP engine that had no front brakes! Hydraulic brakes broke the mould although there were still no disc brakes. Economy austerity style cars of which I have driven several, would have seven or eight inch drum brakes which were simply inadequate on hills. If one does the maths for the power needed to be dissipated by the brakes to hold a one ton car to 60 mph on a hill, the figures are astonishing. It depends on the gradient but the last time I did the sums the figure was about forty kilowatts per wheel! Needless to say brake-fade is a certainty. unless one had the sports model with the ten inch drum brakes that were normally used on two ton vans.

    Oh by the way, long ago on the 1960s a colleague walked away from a really bad smash of about 30 mph head-on into a two foot thick oak tree. The car was a Standard Eight that had no seat belts so maybe drivers don't need to be as tough as Graham . The accident was caused by a worn road surface that allowed water to pond. Unfortunately in winter the water turns to ice which is useless when the car needs grip to turn the corner. The car went straight on and "flew" off the embankment into a wood. The rear axle moved well over a foot and the propeller shaft was Z shaped. What the driver did was to move tight up to the door and brace himself by pushing the steering wheel away from him. When the car hit, the steering column bent away and the car door burst open. The driver was able to roll away! He was extremely lucky as the car which hit the oak tree about six feet above the ground could have landed on top of him.

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  • Thomas Gates

    First

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  • Backup Account

    Oh God, I can tell the researchers must've died inside trying to communicate with this hippy.

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  • El Javi

    why does this have so many deslikes?

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  • Saldus

    please be fake.

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  • Cozzy's Creatures

    Who was the sculptor?

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  • sunlighthot

    but why

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  • MaEmA

    Its a great concept but its too ugly so most people in this world wont care about it /:

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  • Jade

    This is a really interesting idea!

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  • Jolinders108

    no thanks i'd rather not look like that

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  • The Channel of Stuff

    Nice one.

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  • inyazserg Sergey Larin

    When are we going to design body design for living on Mars?

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  • Mehdi Hydra

    First comment

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  • Edwin

    Alright guys. Let's pick it up. Let's start evolving faster

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  • jean19721997

    I wonder what a female version would look like. You guys should make one. 🙂

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  • Ligma fucking balls

    boi

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  • Lukey Firsty

    Am I the only comment?

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  • Joe Randella

    OMG they're all white, im sooo triggered!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Rodrigo Castellanos /Santa Cruz bicycles

    why so many nipples?

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  • Thanatophobiac

    ?

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  • Richard John

    aaa

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  • Broseph Stalin

    genetic manipulation is a bad idea

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  • RoMaverick !

    ergonomics is about adjusting the environment to our bodies not the other way around

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  • khadoozzeeyy

    First?

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  • Garret Schauteet

    comment

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  • Natalia Briones Torres

    wow

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  • Wayne

    I love how doctors when used as experts ALWAYS wear their stethoscopes… Is he planning on performing a cardiac exam on the film crew?

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  • Hzn

    First! XD

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  • Guille Gómez

    I'd go straight to the problem instead. Avoid the accidents. Invest in security, not adaption.

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  • Samuel Adams

    Sick meme dood

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  • james clark

    Why not make a car that is safe to our own body when car crash happens instead of making a body to survive a car crash with our current car.

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  • vandon

    Why aren't there any comments?

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  • Chaosmonaut

    Just a tip here on YouTube: Don't use an interesting thumbnail that is not displayed during the video.

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  • Brial

    But is that armpit hair really necessary ? :)) It's kind of discusting…

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  • Seignil Limbo

    Where do the dislikes come from ?

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  • This_American

    No. None of that. Shame on you.

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  • Active

    Oh so to survive we just have to look like

    Your mum

    Kappa123

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  • Large Benus man

    First?

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  • Jowssh

    First

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  • AF25

    Why no comments

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  • Curtis

    help

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  • I-Drew- This-I-Guess

    Graham looks like he wants to die. I feel sorry for him, even though he's a sculpture and not a real person.

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  • Acid Penguin

    did they model his ears of Mark "CHOPPER" Read…..??? graham's gone and done himself some mischief

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  • Jon Brady

    wut?

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  • Thomas Goldswain

    What is the point of Graham?

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  • RoamingRob

    …but we didn't get to see Graham?

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  • Jus Me

    put that man on the football field and have him pound the rock

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  • Siniestro

    Meet something that doesn't apear on the "presentation" video… what waste of time…

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  • DeGr8Alex

    j

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  • Tokyo Anal Dynamine

    Why are there no comments?

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  • Rinaldi Adam

    wait, no comment?

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  • The Growlanser

    We should have left the cars for the military and stick to horses for civilians.

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  • B davis

    damn

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  • d0ugh

    fuu blya

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  • ynotnilknarf39

    Take the speeds down, replace stupid human drivers with computers, there's your solutions straight away.

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  • de_villain

    No comments?

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  • Swedish Otaku

    WTF is with the thumbs down? Is it from Christians saying they are playing gods? XD

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  • Natalia Tencheva

    At first glance the study of human anatomy may appear extremely complicated. It is tru?e that it is complex and your studies will not alter that. As for it being overwhelming, that can be eleviated if you take your study one step at a time. I found an article on Sebs Study Crammer extremely helpful for this.

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  • thisWASengland

    Wayne Rooney should be well safe!

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  • -spuma

    i cant see any comments

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  • MR BOLEUS

    Man would never evolve this way, cause tech evolving for him…….

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  • Olga Berezan-Andreyuk

    Am I the only one who noticed that Graham itself looks like a copy of the surgeon? ))

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  • ΤΛ

    Why does he have a lot of titties?

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  • Internet Shopping

    where was the interactive sculpture?
    drunkdrivingfatal.blogspot.com

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  • ROTZBUCACA TV

    Graham is so sexy

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  • Rainald Koch

    Adding stuff to absorb energy increases the total amount of kinetic energy in need to be absorbed. So another strategy would be to decrease the body size: Short arms and legs, if any. A reduced-depth body, much thinner than a pancake, would be stopped down by the air itself – no need of a safety belt. The tiny nodes of the decentralized brain would be connected by fiber optics to cope with transmission delays.

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  • king dedede network channel

    What hack

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  • roflcopterkklol

    I have survived a car crash at 120km/h and can confirm that i look like Graham.

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  • Skadoosh

    Okay now do plane crash

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