Every year, million of litres of animal blood are wasted by the meat industry – one of the biggest in the world. The slaughterhouses have little use for it. What if this raw refuse could become a biomaterial instead? This is what Basse Stittgen explores in ‘Blood Related’. Through making objects from blood an invisible waste stream is brought to light that further challenges our behaviour as consumers. The objects confront, create awareness and reduce waste.
As a simultaneous embodiment of life and death, blood is nature’s ultimate contradiction. It tells a thousand stories, steeped in meaning and mysticism. Yet, the very real modern narrative of blood as a mass waste material remains untold.