Blood on Silk: The Violence of Medicine Part VII Being the chosen one or not.

The factors driving the allocation of resources within the medical system is often not obvious or transparent to the outsider, the patient or their family. One area where it is openly acknowledged is in the media coverage of transplant medicine. There it is repeatedly stated that the number of organs donated or supplied is significantly [...]

Cast a Cold Eye – Last Days

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 [...]

New Work – Blood on Silk: Total Artificial Heart (TAH)

This is the last of the five wonder cabinet works in this series on blood, blood products and body parts. This final work links two aspects, the movement of blood and blood products within the body and the heart that ensures that circulation. The heart is one of the transplantable body organs. In many of [...]

Work in progress – Blood on Silk: Blood Farming/ The Producers

First image of a work looking more closely at blood farming. I'm trying to capture the liminal space occupied by the loneliness of the those abandoned by the system and by others.  She looks a little too much like she is wearing a uniform at the moment. Thinking of painting a pattern of small flowers [...]

ABC news post – Doctors think its becoming too hard to die

"Doing the right thing at the right time is fantastic and doing the same thing at the wrong time is horrific," he says. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-28/rethinking-our-approach-to-death-and-having-a-plan-for-dying/10014582

Infusions of plasma from young producers shown to be of benefit in a small trial of patients with mild to moderate Alzheimers.

http://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2017/11/clinical-trial-finds-blood-plasma-infusions-for-alzheimers-safe.html Published online by Stanford Medicine News Centre, this article reports on a small early stage clinical trial at Stanford University. The trial was conducted to evaluate the safety of giving patients with mild to moderate Alzheimers, infusions of blood plasma from young producers. Unexpectedly in the trial benefits in tests of functional performance by [...]

Battery powered means of detecting malaria in the bloodstream while the blood is still within the body.

What a fantastic way of making the cost of testing so cheap and so flexible in terms of conditions of use that its really, really useful. https://www.monash.edu/news/articles/scientists-a-step-closer-to-fighting-malaria-with-world-first-diagnostic-tool   Associate Professor Bayden Wood and members of the No Road Expeditions group. Photo credit: Steve Morton   Images courtesy of the Monash website