Health & Beauty

Co-cyprindiol tablets

Co-cyprindiol tablets (taken by women worldwide)
Undergraduate coursework (2009): student Kate Ross takes co-cyprindiol every day. It's a contraceptive pill that's also prescribed for skin and other conditions. She has been reading about women who have to take the pill in order to be allowed to work in factories and on farms. This reading makes her think, every single day, when she takes a pill. Click for more...

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Fashion magazine (models sourced in Russia, photos published in Japan)
Documentary (2011): how do pre-pubescent girls from Siberia end up on the pages of fashion magazines in Japan? Filmmakers David Redmon & Ashey Sabin follow 13 year old Nadya who hopes to live a glamorous life in Tokyo and earn much-needed money for her family back home. The reality is starkly different. These girls are commodities, and this is an exposé of creepynessand exploitation in the modeling industry. Anyone who enjoys flicking through fashion mags should watch it. Click for more...

Celebrity Perfumes

Heart pacemaker (materials mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo, fitted in the UK)
Undergraduate coursework (2014): student Jennifer Hart feels guilty about the conflict minerals in her mobile phone. Then she finds that the heart pacemaker her mum is having fitted also contains those minerals. It's a lifesaving operation. How can she reconcile her mum's suffering and that of the minerals' miners? How best can she express her feelings about this technological object? By making a pacemaker that knows what she knows, feels what she feels, and can sing about it. Click for more...

Co-cyprindiol tablets

Human kidney (sourced for transplant and transplanted in specific countries)
Google map / Lego visualisations (2012): followthethings intern Eeva Kemppainen starts to read the academic/activist work on the trade in human organs starting with that by anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes. She finds an amazing, complex world of illegal activities, (un)ethical academic and journalistic practices, and the connected lives of differently desperate 'donors' and 'recipients. She tries to convey this all using a Google map Click for more...

Celebrity Perfumes

Paracetamol (ingredients from more than one source, tablets taken worldwide)
Activist cartoon character interview (2012): a group of undergraduate students draw to life a character called Barracetamol. He's part paracetamol tablet, part doctor and part educator. He knows who made him the tablet that he is today. He's searching for commodities with whom he shares ingredients. He's on a quest to find his lost relatives, and to have his photo taken with them. What would a magazine interview about his life and quest be like? Click for more...

Celebrity Perfumes

Perfume (bottled in India, worn in the UK)
Newspaper article (2010): journalist Gethin Chamberlain exposes the below-minimum-wage conditions under which celebrity endorsed 'Katie Price' perfumes 'Besotted' and 'Stunning' are bottled in Gujurat, India. The story 'forces' UK retailer Superdrug to stop selling Price's perfumes, and leads to their bottling outside India. But is this what these companies should have done? Click for more...

Thyroxine tablets

Thyroxine tablets (ingredients from Egypt and other places, taken in the UK)
Undergraduate coursework (2004): student Alison Buckler has low levels of thyroid hormone and her metabolism is malfunctioning. Her doctor prescribes thyroxine. The box contains an information leaflet describing its properties. But where do these properties come from and what can they give thyroxine users? She creates a new leaflet to explain. Click for more...