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MOMA 2011

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!

Menstruation Machine, Takashi's Take

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. :)

Okay... onward!

This is a Rubik's Cube for the blind, featuring braille on all the faces!

Rubik's Cube for the Blind

Even the out-of-order signs are awesome at MOMA:

Even the out-of-order signs are awesome here :)

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!

Storyboard for Point Break

Comments (2)

Ooh, what about the Passage video game there? That was my favorite piece!

Totally! It was actually out of order when I was there, but I've played it before. Btw, you can find Passage and Jason Rohrer's other games here:

http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/jason-rohrer/

Passage is the deepest, but Inside a Star-filled Sky is pretty neat, too!

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