Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care
March 2021 - present
Project blog: https://nadiacw.github.io/biomenstrual/︎︎︎
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).
︎︎︎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.