I went back to New York and toured MOMA again. I love that place. It made me so happy! Let's lead off with... The Menstruation Machine!
Here's a music video explanation of it:
Um, if that wasn't enough, here's what the placard had to say:
With her Menstruation Machine, Sputniko! explores the relationship between gender identity, biology, and choice. The device, equipped with a blood-dispensing system and electrodes that stimulate the lower abdomen, replicates the pain and bleeding of the average five-day menstrual period. It is designed to be worn by men, children, postmenopausal women, or whoever else wants to experience menstruation firsthand, transforming an internal, private process into a wearable display of identity. The video tells the story of Takashi, a biological male who builds the Menstruation Machine and wears it out on the town with a girlfriend, strutting around a shopping mall and occasionally doubling over in pain. Sputniko! notes that the Menstruation Machine may be particularly desirable now that hormone-based contraceptives such as the birth-control pill have rendered menstruation biologically unnecessary.
Btw, I love how this artist has an exclamation point in her name. :D Here's the music video for her other exhibit about a mechanical crow:
I love this idea of making music videos for your electronic art contraptions. :)
This is a Rubik's Cube for the blind, featuring braille on all the faces!
Even the out-of-order signs are awesome at MOMA:
And finally, for all the Point Break fans (I know you're out there :D), there was a Kathryn Bigelow exhibit, and here's a storyboard from the film!