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A Stopgap as Design Curiosities becomes Curiosity and Curiosities

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In an effort to bring more unique and thoughtful content to our site we’ve been discussing and working on what changes we need to make. As those changes are taking place behind the scenes, and to let you know that we are still here, you can find us at Curiosity and Curiosities. We are sharing visual content daily as a stopgap for this transition.

Curiosities: A look inside Europe’s largest Blood factory

From withdraw to transfusion, blood and blood components go through a multitude of tests. The rigid handling and testing procedures are set in place to prevent contamination, transmission, and expiration. While there are copious amounts of symbiotic organisms in the human body, the bloodstream is normally a sterile environment. It is crucial to maintain that sterility or you risk infecting the patient who receives those blood products.

There is a testing standard on blood, both before withdraw and after collection. Donors are screened with important questions that are used to prevent the transmission of disease. The blood is then typed and screened for transmittable diseases. Once a unit is deemed transfusable it has to be stored and then shipped to facilities. Proper storage must be maintained or there is a risk of spoilage.

It is of no surprise that the director of this video, Greg White, is inspired by the repetitions of form in space. There is no better place to find this setting than inside a regulated blood factory. I am unsure about the video, but Mosaic Science commissioned White to take photographs for an article in their online magazine.

The video itself is incredible, and reflective of repetition in visuals and in sound. It is worth mentioning that the sound was created with SK1 Casio loops, e-bow guitars and other sound designs by Golden Hum. It was slowed to match the film’s almost static images, and feels erie and suspenseful.

Film: Found – I

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From our collection of family/found photographs. The scanner intensified the imperfections in a beautiful and interesting way. I also mistakenly scanned one upside-down, but ended up preferring it that way.