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Diagram for Punctum, v. 4 (2017)

Ana María Gómez López

PUNCTUM, V. 4 WAS CREATED IN COLLABORATION WITH JELLE DE WIT AND IN CONSULTATION WITH DR. BERT DERKX.

For the Punctum series, Ana María Gómez López used her own body to experiment on. Collaborating closely with medical resident Jelle de Wit, she created several extracorporeal blood circuit simulations, letting her own blood circulate outside her body through needles and tubes normally used in medical settings. The experiments are not presented as public performances, only the documentation and equipment, like the two prints and the prototype shown in MU, are meant to be shared with the audience.

The video Diagram for Punctum, v. 4 is a schematic representation of points of entry, exit, and connection for an extracorporeal blood circuit simulation. 

Punctum, v. 4 was created in collaboration with Jelle de Wit and in consultation with Dr. Bert Derkx.

About Ana María Gómez López 

Ana María Gómez López (CO/US) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fonds d'art contemporain Genève, Universiteitsmuseum Utrecht, and the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, among others. Ana María completed her MFA from the Yale University School of Art, and was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten. She has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for History of Science, the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study. Currently Ana María is the Michelle Larose Artist-in-Residence at the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University.

About Jelle de Wit

Jelle de Wit (NL) is a sixth-year medical resident at the Amsterdam UMC. He worked in several hospitals throughout the greater area of Amsterdam during his studies and served as a phlebotomist in the emergency rooms at OLVG Oost and West. Alongside his medical training, Jelle has volunteered for over three years at the Xenia Hospice for terminally ill children and is an emergency care volunteer in the city of Amsterdam. He has worked on several projects that combine the field of medicine with art while continuing to pursue his goal of becoming a psychiatrist.