PROJECT 12:31 is a project birthed by Franck Schott and Croix Gagnon.
In 1993 at 12:31AM, a convicted murder by the name of Joseph Paul Jernigan (January 31, 1954 – August 5, 1993) was executed, and agreed to donate his body for medical research. In doing so, Jernigan’s body was sectioned and photographed for the Visible Human Project at the University of Colorado’s Health Sciences Center. Jernigan’s body was cut in the axial plane at 1 millimeter intervals, resulting in 1,871 slices that were photographed in both analog and digital, yielding more than 65 gigabytes of data in total.
in 2011, Franck Schott and Croix Gagnon used these images form the Visible Human Project to create a series of ghostly images in Project 12:31.
(This animation represents the entire data set (1,871 slices) of the male cadaver from the Visible Human Project. The animation was played fullscreen on a computer, which was moved around by an assistant while being photographed in a dark environment. The resulting images are long-exposure “light paintings” of the entire cadaver. Variations in the movement of the computer during each exposure created differences in the shape of the body throughout the series.)