1. 'In their recent book Liquid Surveillance: A Conversation (2013) David Lyon comments to Zygmunt Bauman: “it’s crucial we grasp the new ways that surveillance is seeping into the bloodstream of contemporary life and that the ways it does so correspond to the currents of liquid modernity” (152). The metaphor is a complex one, involving the fluidity, mobility and ubiquity of surveillance practices in twenty-first century societies as well as the internalisation of surveillance by twenty-first century subjects and, therefore, the relationships between surveillance and health, identity and the human body. Visual and installation artist Fiona Davies, in her work “Blood on Silk: Trade,” a series of video installations that has developed over three periods of artist residency in Istanbul, from 2011 to 2013, raises precisely these issues.'
    Davies is part of a collaboration Blood on Silk which arose from an accidental intersection during the development of an installation in the School of Physics, University of Sydney, Australia in 2010 .That work was one of the series loosely based on narratives of the dying and death of Davies' father in 2001. During the four and a half months her father spent in intensive care in RPA the daily routine including taking of blood samples became normalised / domesticated.. The late Dr. Peter Domachuk's research project was the development of a silk implantable microchip allowing real time measurement of the properties of blood while that blood was still circulating within the body. These silk microchips were to be refined, transparent and dissolvable therefore disposable, a biophotonic chip.
    The major ideas developed in this collaboration were around the material, cultural and economic contexts for both silk and blood through to issues of surveillance and associated concerns about human rights.
    In this installation the layers of handmade silk paper both define the structure of the space and partially conceal it. Working as a semi permeable membrane some things are allowed to pass and others held. The silk paper is beautiful, isolating and with its references to connective tissues and funeral shrouds, forlorn, invoking the ideas and experiences of absence.
    Onto these paper sheets are projected the three video works Blood on Silk: Trade 2011,2012 and 2013. In a series of three month long residencies over three years at Caravansarai in Istanbul Davies investigated the overlay of trade; the older silk trading routes with the newer routes for bio-products including blood, organs and people. The works she produced during these residencies includes these meditative, almost abstracted video works. Shot from the rooftop terrace of the residency down six floors to the street where hardware shops are opening up in the morning. they expose that point of vulnerability.. The choreography of the street is slowly revealed as each prepares to trade.

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  2. 2013, waste packaging, pain, rope
    350 x 300 x 200cm

    as installed Persembe Pazari
    Parallel event to the Istanbul Bienale 2013

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  3. Short detail of installation and sound elements of this work speculating about the future market conditions of the sale of blood., blood products and body parts.

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  4. Blood on Silk: Bleeding Out, 2016, 135 x76 x 96cm
    metal, glass,paint found objects and video

    Detail of the interaction between the audience and the work.

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In my practice as a visual artist I have been working for many years with the idea of medicalised death in ICU. These videos form part of my investigation into the materials, processes and definitions of that .event.

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