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2014
May 7-27.

Opening: May 7, 19:00.

 Exhibition and cross-disciplinary collaborative project - Blood on Silk 

(the text prepared by visual artist Fiona Davies)

This project with the overall title of Blood on Silk, is a cross-disciplinary collaborative project of ideas between a physicist, the late Dr Peter Domachuk, School of Physics University of Sydney, writer Dr Lee-­Ann Hall, and myself, a visual artist.

Its foundation is a research project undertaken by Peter to develop an implantable silk microchip. This would provide a platform within the human bloodstream allowing the properties of blood cells to be determined or measured while those cells are still within the body – a biophotonic chip.

During the years following the death of my father in 2001 I have worked with ideas of medicalised death and particularly the almost domesticated rituals in an intensive care ward involved in taking daily samples of blood.

On this foundation we have developed a conceptual framework of debate expressed through writing and visual art projects. This framework is broad ranging and scans from the material, culture and economics of silk and of blood through to issues of surveillance and associated concerns about human rights. More information is on

The work presented at State Silk Museum, will be responding to the economic, cultural and historic context of the State Silk Museum.

The idea of the historic trade in silk and textiles will be overlaid onto the contemporary trading routes in bio products including blood, people and body parts. It questions through the pairing of the seemingly unrelated ideas of blood and silk, the idea of what can be traded, and what is available to be sold. 

 
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