«Radical Matter» consists of a series of experiments and research regarding animal blood as a material in design. As a by-product of the slaughter industry, it is not fully utilised, and represents a relevant resource. This taboo material also offers attractive properties for use as a raw material, biopolymer, coating or paint. Blood as a material triggers: in the discourse on its material semantics as well as due to its connection with socially relevant and polarising issues, such as the consumption of resources or the hierarchical relationship between humans and animals. Its qualities as a material, as a component in composites and in manufacturing processes are presented in a collection which can be experienced. An accessible knowledge platform conveys the potential of using blood in this way and serves as an expandable archive.
In this exploration of the subject of animal blood, Leonor Kotoun shows how questions of materials research can be connected with the discourse around sustainability as well as aesthetic concerns. Different processing possibilities are pursued in carefully documented experiments, also taking into account historical uses. Thus, Leonor opens a new perspective on this vital substance and stimulates a debate on many further research questions. – Excerpt from the supporting statement of the Subject Area Trends & Identity
«‹Radical Matter› points towards a possible future for materials: secondary materials as resources and the normalisation of taboo materials.» – Leonor Kotoun
«In future I would like to explore other materials through research and experiments and communicate them.» – Leonor Kotoun