I wanted to explore the process of welding, of bending metal and joining different sections using intense heat. My aim was to understand the experience of bending a stiff material and, thus, get a better sense of what a joint might be.
I welded a series of boxes, replicating cardboard packaging of Methotrexate in metal. This included a box of one single injection and the larger ones which housed six prefilled injections. Further, the drug came with a cytotozix drug spill kit. If the patient accidentally fails to inject the liquid into her body, she should clean the toxic liquid up using the spill kit.
The kit contains the following items:
1x FFP3 face piece
2x pair nitrile gloves
1x eye shield
1x plastic apron
1x pair overshoes
1x grey absorbent pad
6x white lint-free wipes
2x 20ml sterile water pod
The side of the cardboard box holds the following instructions:
When I eventually came around to photographing the boxes, time had passed. Rust had overtaken the metal, and the surfaces felt rough and rugged when I touched them. The metal that once had felt so flexible and clean, now felt old. I took the photos before disposing of the boxes, the kits and the remaining injections. For now they were no longer needed.
Cytotoxic Drug Spill Kit (for home use) by Cairns Technologies.
Metex 10 mg, by Medac, Wedel, Germany.
Metoject 10mg, by Medac, Wedel, Germay.
Thanks to: Kathryn Abarbanel, Katarina Burin, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Mikkel Due, Abi Palmer, Julia Smachylo, Christian Struck, Åshild Marie Vige, Legs, Advanced Critical Media Practice and Film Study Center Harvard.