Project description: The work is based on the torture device known as the iron maiden, which came to be an efficient “scare for disgraced souls”. We have no way of knowing whether this was a real object or a fake of 19th-century museum curators, who put together separate artefacts to put up blood-chilling spectacles during exhibitions. One way or another, the culprit, whether in his or her frightened imagination or in medieval reality, was locked in an ergonomic sarcophagus of sorts, immobilised and with limited vision. Sharp spikes penetrated the victim’s body from within as the device was being locked. The question is whether it was possible to save life – each time the history may have looked different.