Today's DDW pick is Blood Related by Basse Stittgen.
Blood is weird. Both a symbol of life and death, it is a material that is somewhat taboo. Most of us don't like to think about it and the mere sight of it makes some people faint.
With his project Blood Related, Stittgen explores the potential of blood as a biomaterial generated from the waste of slaughterhouses - one of the biggest industries in the world.
Amongst other things, Stittgen presented egg holders, which stack up to look like a totem, reminding us of the mystical sides of blood aswell as to the consumption of animals. A jewellery box, a thing to store valuables, yet made of animal blood - a mass waste, gets us thinking too. Last but not least; a record that plays the heartbeat of a pig, a direct link to the animal itself which is the source of material.
So what do you guys think. Could slaughterhouse blood ever be considered a valuable resource or are there too many associations that come with it? Considering the rapid tempo at which we're ploughing through our natural resources, we're glad someone like Stittgen is willing to stick his neck out, break through taboos and experiment with alternative resources.