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Piss, Death, Stress

Penny for your Thoughts Project Presentations with Arthur Guilleminot, Jennifer Kumer and Irina Birger

28 Jul 2022

Piss, waste, sex and the pondering of one’s mortality: these can all be quite uncomfortable and difficult topics. But, what if we could turn the uncomfortable into something nourishing and productive?

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Piss Soap During the Empathic Boot Camp to Disgust at the Utopia Opening - Piss soap   is made entirely out of human activity waste materials, including urine. All the raw materials needed to make piss soap can be collected on a local scale of a city and then redistributed for cleaning roads, streets or other public spaces. Piss soap is a challenging social product. By presenting itself as a product made out of gruesome elements, it carries a strong social stigma. Piss soap is a solution for city wastes but more importantly, challenges the inhabitants to decondition… Arthur Guilleminot

Come join the second edition of our Penny for your Thoughts Presentations, where makers, designers and artists present new ideas and future project plans!

Arthur Guilleminot is exploring hygiene and disgust by making soap out of piss and waste. Jennifer Kumer makes thinking about our death a little easier by developing an end-of-life conversation game. Irina Birger brings together art, therapy and sex positivity. 

Soap, Piss and Waste

Arthur Guilleminot’s “ecodeviant” practice led to the making of Piss Soap. A soap made out of urine is a product that undeniably subverts our normative associations when it comes to cleanliness. He is currently expanding this project by doing research on making soap out of all kinds of waste.

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Portrait of Arthur Guilleminot - by Marie-Jo Guilleminot

Disgusting? Or Not? Arthur will share his knowledge and techniques on making soap out of waste materials, creating an alternative narrative and a dialogue around waste that aims to decondition our vision upon the “dirty” matter.

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Process of making soap out of waste - Piss soap is made entirely out of human activity waste materials, including urine. All the raw materials needed to make piss soap can be collected on a local scale of a city and then redistributed for cleaning roads, streets or other public spaces. Piss soap is a challenging social product. By presenting itself as a product made out of gruesome elements, it carries a strong social stigma. Piss soap is a solution for city wastes but more importantly, challenges the inhabitants to decondition… Arthur Guilleminot

What are your Death Wishes?

There comes a time when we must face the inevitability of our own mortality. But, how can we have any control over what kind of arrangements we want for our dead selves? This can be a pretty stressful and even bleak process to think about, so what if we could solve all those difficult questions through a game?

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Death meditation - Jennifer Kumer - This image is part of a proposal: When My Time Comes: an End-Of-Life Conversation Game

Game designer Jennifer Kumer has been developing When My Time Comes, an end-of-life conversation game which helps us do just that. Through a series of questions and prompts, Jennifer's game makes thinking about death a lot easier, and even a little fun. Having a game on the topic of mortality helps reduce the societal stigma in having these kinds of conversations. Come hear Jennifer's research on game development and participate in a small playtest.

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End Of Life Game Prototype Details - A little impression of the prototype for the End Of Life Game, where you are invited to talk about your preferences when you die. The game is designed by Jennifer Kumer. Photo by Nusha Swan Nusha Swan, Jennifer Kumer

Sex Positivity with Dr. Birger

Dr. Birger is a series of one-on-one conversations and drawing sessions set up in an installation format. This time the dialogues with Dr. Birger will be centered on the sexual fantasies of the participants. Irina Birger will visualize the conversations, incorporating her own responses into the drawings she will simultaneously make. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes.

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Dr. Birger by appointment - Photo by Marcel van der Vlugt Dr.Birger is  a series of one-on-one conversations and drawing sessions set up in an installation format.  This time  the dialogues with  Dr.Birger  will be centered on the sexual fantasies of the participants.  Dr.Birger  will visualize the conversations, incorporating her own responses into the drawings she will simultaneously make. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. Irina Birger

Information

Piss, Death, Stress
Thursday the 28th of July 2022
20.00 – 21.30

Tickets
€12,50 | Student / Artist / Stadspas €8,75*
Including a drink
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To all three editions?
€25 | Student / Artist / Stadspas €17,50*
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Also in this series
Pepper, Plate, Magic
Thursday 9th of June

Space, Spirit, Souvenirs
Thursday the 18th of Augustus

Address
Mediamatic | Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
1019 BS, Amsterdam

*We give a discount to students and artists. If this applies to you we will ask to see your KVK number /portfolio or student card. For questions, please send an email to program@mediamatic.nl.

Penny For Your Thoughts

There is something uniquely inspiring when looking into artistic processes that are still in progress: unpolished, experimental and open-ended. Penny for your Thoughts is our project nursery, where we stimulate project proposals by offering them a stage.

Do you also want to share your future project plans with us? Send us your project proposal before the 1st of September 2022. Send in your proposal!

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Handwashing with soap made out of piss - The second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evening kicks off with a handwashing session, using soaps made out of piss and other waste materials by artist Arthur Guilleminot . How does this experience of cleaning ourselves with a seemingly dirty matter change our perceptions and biases? Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Participant smelling soap made out of piss - The second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evening kicks off with a handwashing session, using a variety of soaps made out of piss and other waste materials by artist Arthur Guilleminot . How does this experience of cleaning ourselves with a seemingly dirty matter change our perceptions and biases? Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Handwashing with soap made out of piss - The second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evening kicks off with a handwashing session, using a variety of soaps made out of piss and other waste materials by artist Arthur Guilleminot . How does this experience of cleaning ourselves with a seemingly dirty matter change our perceptions and biases? Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Handwashing with soap made out of piss - The second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evening kicks off with a handwashing session, using a variety of soaps made out of piss and other waste materials by artist Arthur Guilleminot . How does this experience of cleaning ourselves with a seemingly dirty matter change our perceptions and biases? Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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From "Piss, Death, Stress" to "Piss, Death, Sex" - Opening slides to the second Penny for your Thoughts presentation evening where makers, artists and designers share future project plans with a wider audience.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Arthur Guilleminot during "Piss, Death, Stress" - During the second edition of the  Penny for your Thoughts  presentation evenings, artist Arthur Guilleminot explores hygiene and disgust through the ecodeviant practice of making soap out of piss and waste.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Arthur Guilleminot talking about his Piss Soap project - During the second edition of the  Penny for your Thoughts  presentation evenings, artist Arthur Guilleminot explores hygiene and disgust through the ecodeviant practice of making soap out of piss and waste.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Speakers during "Piss, Death, Stress" - Arthur Guilleminot and Irina Birger ,two of the artists presenting their projects during the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings: Piss, Death, Stress Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Arthur Guilleminot talking about his Piss Soap project - During the second edition of the  Penny for your Thoughts  presentation evenings, artist Arthur Guilleminot explores hygiene and disgust through the ecodeviant practice of making soap out of piss and waste.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Irina Birger as Dr. Birger - During the second edition of the  Penny for your Thoughts  presentation evenings, artist Irina Birger joins as her alter ego, Dr. Birger. She talks about her ongoing project "Conversations with Dr. Birger", the new version of which focuses on sexuality.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

With: Irina Birger
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Jennifer Kumer presenting her project "When my Time Comes" - During the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings, game designer Jennifer Kumer presents her board game titled "When my Time Comes", a game that provides an alternative to the usual deathcare practices by allowing us to discuss and contemplate our end-of-life wishes.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Jennifer Kumer presenting her project "When my Time Comes" - During the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings, game designer Jennifer Kumer presents her board game titled "When my Time Comes", a game that provides an alternative to the usual deathcare practices by allowing us to discuss and contemplate our end-of-life wishes.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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Jennifer Kumer presenting her project "When my Time Comes" - During the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings, game designer Jennifer Kumer presents her board game titled "When my Time Comes", a game that provides an alternative to the usual deathcare practices by allowing us to discuss and contemplate our end-of-life wishes.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor

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When my Time Comes - Game on display - During the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings, game designer Jennifer Kumer presents her board game titled "When my Time Comes", a game that provides an alternative to the usual deathcare practices by allowing us to discuss and contemplate our end-of-life wishes.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor, Jennifer Kumer

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When my Time Comes - Game on display - During the second edition of the Penny for your Thoughts presentation evenings, game designer Jennifer Kumer presents her board game titled "When my Time Comes", a game that provides an alternative to the usual deathcare practices by allowing us to discuss and contemplate our end-of-life wishes.  Photo credits: Daniell Tahor Daniell Tahor, Jennifer Kumer