Cryopreservation Unit
Cryonics Institute
Clinton Township, Michigan
, 2004/2007
Color photograph
94, 8 x 113,9 x 3,2 cm
plate: 16,6 x 11,4 cm
edition 6/7+2A.P.
This cryopreservation unit holds the bodies of Rhea and Elaine Ettinger,
the mother and wife of cryonics pioneer, Robert Ettinger. Robert, the author of
The Prospect of Immortality and Man into Superman is still alive.

The Cryonics Institute is a non-profit, member-run corporation which offers cryostasis
(freezing) services to individuals and pets upon death. Cryostasis is practiced
with the hope that lives will ultimately be extended through future developments in
science, technology, and medicine. When, and if, these developments occur, members
hope to be awakened to an extended life in good health and free from disease or
the aging process. Cryostasis must begin immediately upon legal death. A person
or pet is infused with ice-preventive substances and quickly cooled to a temperature
where physical decay virtually stops. They can be kept in this state indefinitely. For an
additional cost, Cryonics Institute personnel will wait out the last hours of an individual
is terminal illness and immediately begin cooling and cardiopulmonary support
upon death in order to limit brain damage.
At present, the Cryonics Institute cryopreserves 74 legally dead human patients
and 44 legally dead pets. It charges $28,000 for the process if it is planned well in
advance of legal death and $35,000 on shorter notice. The cost has not increased
since 1976 when the Cryonics Institute was established. The Institute is licensed as a
cemetery in the state of Michigan.
Aquired 2007
Inv. Nr. 2007/71
MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Acquired with funding from the Grunelius-Stiftung, Frankfurt am Main
picture credits:
© Taryn Simon
Photo: Axel Schneider
Taryn Simon
* 1975 in New York, NY (US)