Blood. It’s the capital of life, costs nothing yet is more valuable than gold. It’s exchange from one human to another is done not with the expectation of receiving something in return but as a means of giving back to society, to the community. Its giving, or donation, in turn strengthens the giver and their ties to others, minting a social capital that helps people run on their own blood.
In Long Island City Queens NYC, everyday people are being engaged in an Artefacting of the life their city, their neighbors, their friends, and their strangers share with them. What compels them to give back and what do they receive by doing it? What is it that’s in their blood and how do we as people come back stronger through giving?
Citizens will come together to tell their stories and participate in an Artefacting of what compels people to give, all the way through their donation of blood. Bloodbank is an online video registry and a storefront art incubator space where the social dynamics of blood and everyday gifting will fuse as a multimedia experience.
As Richard Titmuss, a sociologist dealing with blood donation proclaimed “People have a right to give just as they have a right to shelter and housing and to speak their minds. This right to give must be protected.”
Bloodbank is being developed in conjunction with No Longer Empty’s “How Much Do I Owe You” arts exhibition in the Queensboro Clocktower that will open on Dec.12, 2012
Join us in getting people inspired to help those in need by giving blood or spreading the news for a special artistic blood drive on February 18th from 3:30 to 9:30pm. After three months of discussing the value of blood, Artefacting and No Longer Empty are asking for everyone to give back to the Long Island City community.
The blood drive will take place at:
Avalon Riverview North- Community Room, 4-75 48th Avenue, Long Island City, NY 11109.
Some things to remember before you attend!
Bring ID with signature or photo.
Minimum weight 110 lbs.
Age 16 – 75 (16 year olds must have parental permission. Age 76 and over need doctor’s
Eat well (low fat) & drink fluids
No tattoos for past 12 months
If you have any questions, contact us at 646.270.9828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.