While the recent death of H. R. Giger left a mechanical phallic hole in all our hearts, we can carry on in the knowledge that artists like Peiqi Su are here to fill it (heyoooooo). Su’s 3D printed kinetic sculpture, The Penis Wall, is her graduate thesis for the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. It’s also a wall of of 81 uniformly 3D printed, motorized dicks. It has visual sensors that can respond to passers-by, or it can be programmed to react to real-time data like the stock market (How’s that for some metaphorical masculinity?). Su’s attraction to the penis as a subject is both intellectual and aesthetic, but she doesn’t deny there’s some humor to her work. Her personal statement:
When talking about the penis with friends, I found there are a thousand “understandings” in a thousand people’s “mind.” Scary, power, ego, evil, elegant, loose-control, funny, crazy… I’m astonished to find so many contradictory feelings about the penis; as well as diverse topics around it such as feminist, man-power, freedom, politics, Wall Street and more. I hope to provide a chance for people to discuss penises and things related by creating an interactive installation.
For myself, I’m also interested in the behavior of penis. It’s soft and hard, up and down, small and large, smooth and rough. It may be the most attractive and intuitive interface.
Below is a short footage of The Penis Wall interacting with with some giggling participants, but there are a lot more videos, plus info on The Penis Wall’s construction, on Su’s Vimeo channel. Check it out, for art’s sake.