Blood-Sweat-and-Tears

by Micronaut

Congress Center Basel Science Serie
Blood-Sweat-and-Tears
"Blood-Sweat-and-Tears has its origins in my work with the Basel Blood Donation Centre (Basel University Hospital). I'm not a very popular blood donor, because I generally faint, but I try to give blood from time to time. Once I asked Dr. med. Andreas Buser, head of the Basel Red Cross, if he could take an additional vial of blood that could be used to trigger blood clotting under laboratory conditions so that I could take pictures of it. He was exceedingly enthusiastic and so we added citrate to the last vial of my blood in order to block the clotting of the blood in a reversible manner (this was instead of the heparin that is normally added). In the laboratory, I was then able to trigger the blood clotting cascade through the addition of magnesium chloride and ultimately obtain this picture. It is doubtless one of the most impressive and time-consuming works that I have come up with so far, in particular on account of the minute details of the fibrin network (and not so much on account of the blood donation). The details make the picture so photorealistic and vibrant, and this can be felt particularly with the large-format original (format 180x135cm, limited edition of five)." – Martin Oeggerli | www.micronaut.ch