Material

Cow blood

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Made in

Animal material 63 Recycled 125

Cow blood
Cow blood
Cow blood
Cow blood
Cow blood

Photos: Studio Basse Stittgen

Blood Related

There are countless notions and associations connected to blood, the most substantial being life and death. Blood can symbolise both worlds in between.

It tells a thousand stories, steeped in meaning and mysticism. Yet, the very real modern narrative of cow blood as a mass waste material remains untold. The project physicalises this waste, to develop awareness around its existence, and this awareness will hopefully lead towards a change in consumption habits. As consumers we are disconnected from the production of goods, the slaughterhouse industry is one of the biggest in the world, yet it remains almost completely invisible. This disconnection makes it difficult to have a discussion about the ethics of production.

The work of Studio Basse Stittgen offers a platform for confrontation and reflection regarding our relationship towards animals.

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Ingredients

Cow blood

Credits

zinc plate etchings of the material process, drawings made by Anais Borie

Physical samples

  • 0064-1

Accessible to participants at the Jan van Eyck Academie and during Open Studios.