HAEM unfolding paths of the placenta
2018
HD-video, 31:53min

HAEM unfolding paths of the placenta documents the behind scenes of the Bio Art & Design Awards 2016 winning project HAEM. From the formulation of the concept to the practical execution, the film is set as a laboratory protocol intertwined with testimonies of people who give voice and body to the life-supportive organ behind the work. In HAEM, artist Cecilia Jonsson and scientist Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira assembled a compass needle made of metallic iron extracted from the blood contained in discarded, postpartum human placentas. This guidance object was presented in a placenta-inspired labyrinth and served as a metaphor for the explorative nature of humans. HAEM received an Honorary Mention in the Prix Ars Electronica Hybrid Art 2017 and has been exhibited in several galleries around the world.

Cecilia Jonsson in collaboration with Rodrigo Leite de Oliveira, The Netherlands Cancer Institute. The project was commissioned by Bio Art & Design Awards with the support of ZonMw, The Arts Council Norway and Bergen Municipality.

www.haemproject.com