Secretions in Art, Design and Society
Secretopia is an inquiry into human secretions through art, science and design. After exploring the potential of urine in The Pis’ Project, we decided to expand the programme to all sorts of human secretions. The Pis’ Project turned into Secretopia. In our events and blogs we consider bodily fluids in association with artists and organisations to explore them in a multidisciplinary manner.
Gum: maybe money does grow on trees after all
A lot of people chew every day, and even if you’re not a daily chewer, you have almost definitely tried it once. Gum can be found in pretty much every store that sells essential daily goods, but what has led to this cultural ubiquity? As there is a seemingly intrinsic instinct for humans to chew on…
The Chewing Gum Man
a.k.a. Ben Wilson
Depicted as an outsider, British artist forms art with materials found under your feet. Since 1998, he paints colourful miniatures on chewing gum. Which is stuck to the pavement. He tries to embrace societal rejection of material. He finds valuable material in what others consider waste.
Met uitzondering van bubbelgums hebben de meeste kauwgoms een harde kern of gombasis (sommigen hebben binnenin nog een vloeibare smaakstof) en zijn omhult door een glanzend suikerlaagje. De gum transformeert naar een zachte massa door de combinatie van verschillende factoren. Terwijl je tanden de…
Gum on the streets
Visions of freedom and utopia
Gum is found on walls and streets all over the world. Most of the time it is normalised, sometimes it's encouraged and occasionally it is completely illegal. Perhaps a society's attitudes towards this practice can tell us something about freedom and their vision of utopia...
"I steal DNA from strangers"
Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portraits from discarded DNA.
Picasso once said that “ bad artists copy, good artists steal ”. It appears that New York artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg has taken this literally. Her project "Stranger Visions," fashions portraits from bits of genetic material collected in public places.