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.
The mobile pleasure unit pushes forward the relationship we have with the mobile phone. m.pleasure works with a Bluetooth enabled phone. Attached to the most sensitive areas of our body, its intention is to translate an ethereal digital message into something physical, letting us feel the communication.
m.pleasure is also a critical approach to how we have sacrificed our personal relations for the benefit of technology: face-to-face relations are being pushed aside in favour of ever less physical communication.
As in every relationship, there will be a giver and a receiver. The Giver is totally safe, acting from their almost virtual position and sending messages to whomever they choose. By connecting the m.pleasure to their body, the Receiver them.
The m.pleasure has been prototyped and the technology behind it already exists in the open market.
Related: the Phildo.