Presentation:

Piss, Death, Stress

Penny for your Thoughts Project Presentations with Arthur Guilleminot, Si Knight and Jennifer Kumer

28 Jul 2022

Piss, waste, stress 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. Si Knight is developing a multi-sensory listening ritual as a means to improve mental health. Jennifer Kumer makes thinking about our death a little easier by developing an end-of-life conversation game.

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

A Ritual for Stress Relief

Contemporary Western societies are still not so effective in trying to treat stress in a way that actually heals. Creative researcher and multi-sensory artist Si Knight noticed that many cultures have ceremonies and rituals that encourage people to stop, reset and connect.

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Want a piece of chocolate to ease your mind? - Researchers found that eating the equivalent of one average-sized dark chocolate candy bar (1.4 ounces) each day for two weeks reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the “fight-or-flight” hormones known as catecholamines in highly stressed people. Si Knight

He has been experimenting with the healing potential of rituals and has been developing his own Multisensory Listening Rituals for Reducing Stress which includes combining a soundscape with certain smells that he has been developing.  Through inducing a stressful situation, Si will test his ritual on us, including us in the developmental stage of his work. Let’s de-stress!

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Multi-Sensory Listening Ritual - Si has been developing a ritual that combines smell and sound in order to induce an effect of calmness and stress relief. He is experimenting with what smells work best along with a soundscape he has created.  Photo credits:  Si Knight Si Knight

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

Information

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

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€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

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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!