Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care

March 2021 - present

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Link to project page on KTH ︎︎︎

Nadia Campo Woytuk, KTH.
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.
Madeline Balaam, KTH.
Martin Avila, Konstfack.
Antonio Capezza, KTH (collaborator).

Presented at:
︎︎︎DRS Festival of Emergence
︎︎︎Early work presented in Nordes’21
︎︎︎Residency at Gallery Frihamnen, Stockholm, October’21

The project explores designing for non-anthropocentric, ecofeminist practices of human menstrual care. We focus on how menstrual products are made, used, and discarded, with a focus on the material waste generated both by the body (menstrual blood, mucus, and tissue) and by the products (a wide range of organic and non-organic materials such as cotton and plastics). Through our research and practice inspired by speculative and more-than-human design, we have explored how we can design menstrual care practices that re-use and compost this material waste, opening up possibilities for cohabitation and collaboration with other-than-human species, such as bacteria and microbes, plants and insects. This includes cooking biodegradable menstrual pads, tools and practices of fertilizing plants and soil with menstrual blood, and a Biomenstrual book of spells.