Totems are three 3D printed forms of impossible sex toys, and three flat representations of the same forms printed on photography paper.
The forms were developed by analyzing online pornography viewing habits. A custom software was sniffing all incoming Web traffic at a location, sorting packets by destination IP address, time, and source IP address or domain name (if available). Domain names and IP addresses were checked for pornographic content with non-pornographic sites culled from the sorted data.
An application was written in Processing to model the data. Time was represented by the vertical axis, with each model symbolizing a single day. Individual bands represented time spent on a single site (although rapid clicking through many sites sometimes resulted in band overlap): the thicker the band, the more time spent. The radius of a band was determined by the amount of data downloaded from the corresponding site.
"Quickie" was so named because there was only a brief concentration of pornographic Web viewing over the course of one day. In "Work Safe?" it appeared as though large concentrations of pornographic Web viewing took place at the beginning and end of the day. "Vacation" was chosen for a full day of pornographic Web viewing. Besides, the form was inverted manually as a reflection of the introverted nature of such activity.
Chosen forms were exported to Rhino, where they were lathed, hollowed, and printed.
By Krister Olsson.
For the first purpose-built brothel in Antwerp's new "tolerance zone" Franky De Coninck, Villa Tinto's owner, hired Quinze&Milan --a famous Belgian designer who has created furniture for Brad Pitt's LA mansion and for Rem Koolhaas's Seattle Library-- after reading in a newspaper that Arne Quinze had always dreamt of designing an upmarket bordello: "It's the biggest business in the world, it's always seen as not so beautiful. But if you show the beautiful part of it, I think you can build an erotic style."
Mr. Quinze set up a consultation committee of prostitutes. They asked him to install red and black neon lights that would illuminate the women inside the display windows but also hide blemishes. Tilted mirrors on the floors of their windows ensure that they can vet clients as they approach and decide whether to open their windows for business.
Like scientific laboratories and military facilities, biometric technology has been incorporated into the brothel's design. To prevent an approved prostitute from handing over her room to an illegal one, she has to press her finger on her room's sensor every hour, or the electricity and heating automatically shut down.
In case of trouble from clients, prostitutes can press a panic button next to their bed, which calls police (there's even a police station "on site") and triggers a red flashing light in the brothel's control room.
Spotted in Icon.
For the Evidence Doll research project, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby have interviewed women about their sexual partners. 100 specially designed dolls were created to provoke discussion amongst a group of young single women about the impact of genetic technology on their lifestyle.
The plastic dolls come in several penis size and were used store the women's observations by scribbling words that characterize their lover. Headphones allow viewers to listen to the stories of the women.
Evidence Dolls can be seen until 17 October, at D.Day Le Design Aujourd'hui, Centre Pompidou, Paris. Btw, i'll be in Paris next weekend to see the exhibition. If there are other we-make-money-not-art like events i should see, drop me a line!
I thought the most delirious piece of craft I had ever seen was Mark Newport's Hand-Knit Costumes and Embroidered Comic Book Cover (via the crochet-maniac), till I saw the work of Ming-Yi Sung.
Problem is that the gallery is also the lobby of the office tower leased by a law firm which members were offended because of the exposed genitalia.
Sung came up with an alternative: her pieces were covered by crocheted fig leaves -- plus one crocheted codpiece that actually looks like a cod.
Not the Knitting You Know: Sculptural Knitting and Crochet at Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, through Sept. 10.
Via Extreme Craft.
Ok, this blog is supposed to be about cool techno stuff and high-brow-ish media art installations. By posting so many "vintage" links, I had already lost any credibility anyway.