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Realizations: 2007, exhibition VIT<A>RTI, Kemzeke (Antwerpen) KunstKas, Verbeke Foundation , Belgium ; 2005, Mala Galerija Ljubljana (production of the project: Kapelica Gallery, co-production: Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana , Gallery Miklova hiša Ribnica); 2005, Gallery Miklova hiša, Ribnica. The project is also being further developed.
The project Hair presents a possibility of growing hair under artificial conditions. Hairs are transplanted into nutrient medium, placed in the incubator with 37°C. In the human body, which has a temperature of 37°C, a hair is pumping the nutrition from the root of the hair, which is placed in the hair pouch, which blood capillaries are constantly supplying with fresh nutrient blood. The nutrient medium for the project 37°C is elaborated from the blood serum of the same donor, who has also donated the hair. In such a manner such conditions are created to enable hair to remain alive and to grow, but not also to multiply.
The project reflects the phenomena of fetishizing hair. With constant care and possibility of arranging, each individual expresses him- or herself with his/her hair. Hair can symbolize beauty, eroticism and attractiveness. But hairs are also a direct expression of intimacy, which is shown externally. A contact with another person's hair could also be perceived as repulsive and disgustful for it represents a direct contact with another person's body and all the belonging subjectivity.
In the further development the project evolves several blood donors that contribute blood serum for artificial cultivation of hair cells. The functional role of blood is complex – it is a source of life; it is produced by a human organism, but it is produced to maintain the same organism at life. Blood is constituted from the nutritious part – plasma, and blood cells (thrombocytes, leucocytes and eritrocytes), which carry the “code” of the donor, but do not have an ability to divide as hair (or skin) cells do. Blood cells therefore die away soon, but hair cells divide and form a specific form – hair. The installation is a kind of “living technological machinery-organism”, in which constant circulation of donated blood is in process, which enables certain cells to live on. The project experiments with the possibility of growing hair and enables observation of this growth. On the conceptual level it stimulates the discourse on artificial life.
Special thanks to prof. Miomir Kneževic, PhD and Metka Krašna, PhD, Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia – Tissue Typing Center; to Marta de Menezes and her husband Luis, PhD; to Kambic, Laboratorial Equipment; to Mojca Puncer; to Jurij Krpan, Sandra Sajovic and Kapelica Gallery; to Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; to Gallery Miklova hiša Ribnica; to Zoran Gorišek; to Verbeke Foundation, Antwerpen; to Alltra, Laboratorial Glass and Equipment.