This exhibition and program of performative lectures enter their last few days . Cast a Cold Eye on Life, on Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU finishes on Saturday 18th May at 4 p.m.
Until then the exhibition is open 11-5 and performative lectures are programmed for 1 pm on Thursday, 11 am and 2 pm on Friday the 17th with the last performative lecture of this series being on Saturday at 2 pm. This last lecture will be followed by a poetic performance given by Bhupen Thakker titled DEATH …( of fear). Then we’ll raise a glass to celebrate.
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Cast a Cold Eye on Life, On Death: The Remake – Medicalised Death in ICU at SCA Galleries in Sydney College of the Arts, Kirkbride Way, Rozelle Sydney Australia
Short presentation for session 4 – artist’s roundtable Control Stockholm University.
I was thinking about the difference between the terms – experiment and test on the way home last night and in particular the role of experimentation in an artistic practice where I associate it with speculation and a different level of expectation about the outcome. My work in this exhibition is a speculation. It is not real.
My work since the early 20002 has been concerned with medicalised death and in particular the medicalised death of my father. His was a death within the highly mediated environment of an Intensive care unit where the primary purpose is to preserve life. I have become more and more interested in specific materials, processes and critical definitions in this context and increasingly on the idea of being involved in a performative experience as a witness.
Going back to talk about my work in this exhibition Control Experiment; Blood on Silk: Price taker price maker is a speculation about the future economic, regulatory, and cultural contexts of one of the primary materials used in a medicalised intervention, blood. It is a fundamentally essential circulatory material. Determination of the presence or absence of chemical markers and in what quantities, the percentage of red blood cell oxygenation, the blood pressures are all elements of this material. Speculations about the economic uses of the material of blood, the synthesis of artificial blood and the process of testing are questioned.
The title of the work – price take price maker is a reflection on the power relationship between the supplier/ producer and the market for blood. If you have no impact on the market you are relegated to being a price taker. The possibility of selling blood or blood products such as plasma are one of the strategies often listed as a way of increasing the income of an individual. To my knowledge blood producers have not joined together in an attempt to maximise their returns. This speculation pushes that to the brutality of the auction process and its interaction between the market and the seller.
On Friday in the security stream 11- 12.30 Y 21 my paper is addressing these issues and I will be showing images of a work from earlier this year of the emotional response to the surreal nature of the experience of a slow bleeding out.
The first of four video nights was held last night at Das KloHäuschen in Munich. The video Blood on Silk: Site of Production was projected into one of the former urinals in the building. The video shows a series of repeated actions where the inner crease of the elbow is shown to the viewer. This crease is the usual site of blood extraction for sale, for donation or for testing .
The other three video nights are to be held on 24 and 31 May and 7 June from 21 to 21.30 hours ( 9 to 9.30 p.m.) at Thalkircher Sts 81 Munich
Having a difficult but interesting time reworking my work from Cementa_15 where it was located in a site where the intention was very obviously to consider buying and selling anything. The new site is a white cube gallery space where the importance of the economic transactions tend to be hidden with not everything on show as in the first site or at least a pretence that you can’t buy everything you have to be allowed to buy. My problem is inserting the black market or less desirable end of the market into that economic space.
Click for the link to a you tube video of the work
Fiona Davies Blood on Silk: Price taker, price maker,
2015 found objects, sound video and print 420 x 220 x 80cm
Don’t forget to turn the sound up
Installed at the Drabee Road Nursery, Kandos, NSW. Australia as part of Cementa_15. April 2015
Sound recorded at the Narellan Library – Space Digital Studios provided by Camden Council
Sound recording technician: Christopher Fulham
Voice: Stephen Nutt
Video screens on loan from Campbelltown Arts Centre
Video Alex Gooding