Biomenstrual


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Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care

March 2021 - present

Project blog: https://nadiacw.github.io/biomenstrual/︎︎︎

Link to project page on KTH ︎︎︎

A project by
Nadia Campo Woytuk, KTH.
Marie Louise Juul Søndergaard, AHO The Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

Collaborators:
Martin Avila, Konstfack.
Antonio Capezza, KTH.
Madeline Balaam, KTH.

Published in:
(Forthcoming) Temes de Disseny #38 - Caring Through Design:
 From Personal to Planetary Wellbeing.

“Biomenstrual” in form Design Magazine issue 294 NATURE AND DESIGN

“Designing Multispecies Menstrual Care” (presentation and Q&A) at DRS Festival of Emergence, 13 September 2021

Early work presented in “Scaling Bodily Fluids for Utopian Fabulations” at Nordes’21

Exhibited at:

“Remedy: Counter-responses in the design of care” exhibition at AHO Gallery, Oslo, Norway, April 4-7 2022

“MENS!” exhibition at Halmstads Konsthall, Sweden, January 26- March 27 2022

“Biomenstrual” exhibition at Galleri Frihamnstorget, Stockholm, Sweden, October 21-28 2021


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.