Art for your weekend

From Japanese-British artist, Sputniko! More here:

She talks about her “Menstruation Machine” as coming out of a love of high-tech – she studied computer science before moving into the arts – coupled to a woman’s frustration with it. “Technology is so advanced nowadays, so why do I bleed every month, why do I hurt every month?,” she asks. Under the influence of “cyborg feminist” Donna Haraway (“her theory is about hacking with biology – extending your own biology so the distinction between men and women disappears”) Sputniko! says she decided that instead of eliminating menstruation for women, as the Pill in fact allows, she would use design to pass it on to men.

Tampon shaped flash-drives from the Brazilian company, Meninos. More here:

Apparently reluctant to participate in an article on feminist design – which in itself is significant – art directors Bruno Warchavsky and Diogo Magalhães would only give one-sentence answers to emailed questions. Do they consider their drive a feminist design? “It’s a design made to honor women.” What is the aim of a tampon-shaped flash drive?: “The world will always need fun.” Is it aimed at women or men?: “Everyone with a sense of humor will buy it.”
And one final question, such as Sputniko! might ask, as the tampon drive heads into production. Will it only be offered in white, or will red be an option as well?: “We’ll think about it.”


From American artist, Hunter Clarke. More here:

Each piece alludes, directly or indirectly, to the disconnect between our cultured, social selves and our flesh and blood status as animals. We think ourselves apart, but the physical realities of life – sex, eating, bearing children, dying – ground us, reminding us of our feral, sensual nature. To this end, my work often involves beasts of prey; predators tell that the story of our omnivorous and maternal instincts.

In these three works, the figure is at ease nursing her child, completely unaware of societies’ discomfort – be it with breastfeeding, an interracial child, or simply her animal nature.

From American artist, Beth Hoeckel (all collages are made from found paper and not created digitally). More here:

I have a large collection of vintage magazines and books of all sorts.Personally, I am not very grounded in reality; I am a daydreamer and always have been.  I still have my head in the clouds most of the time. As a kid I used to think things like “what if the sky was red… I would like to see that. Maybe one day it will be”. I used to get in trouble at school for ‘zoning out’ and being lost in my own world.

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From French artist, Béatrice de Guigné. More here:

… set up each shot and photographed it like it would be with a real life couple. There are certain photo set-ups that you see all over wedding photography (the shoe shot, the dress shot, the bridal portraits just after she’s got ready, the groom getting ready with his boys etc…) and the whole set just made me laugh! “I don’t know why I wanted to do this but I did!” she told me. “Everything started last year when one day I wanted to make some boudoir shots I had in my mind, but nobody to pose for me except Barbie. So I photographed her and published the photos on my blog. Everybody laughed about it and found it was a nice idea. After that, everytime I wanted to test some ideas, I took Barbie as my model.”

Cross-posted at blue milk.

Categories: arts & entertainment, gender & feminism, parenting

3 replies

  1. Sweet! If you like Beth Hoeckel you might also like Francesca Berrini; she also uses found images to create some surreal collages.

  2. Yay for menstrual art!
    I actually saw that Sputniko! piece last week at MOMA, but it was so packed (due to my lack of funds dictating that I go on free friday) that I couldn’t get close enough to read the description before the place closed.
    I was happy enough just to see a woman with her own blood on her hands in public.

  3. p.s., of course, kids boys were making “eew” sounds, and I heard someone say it was “a bit gorey”. Made me laugh because really, that’s a very pristine, unrealistic depiction of the gorier parts of menstruation.

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