Public Intimacy

Pis'Talk 8: A toilet deconstruction and bodily transmutations

30 Jun 2016

Is it possible to improve a lady's pee experience? Is it only a matter of product design? Or do we need to start looking into body-modifications and urinal-prosthetics? At Pis'talk: Public Intimacy designers Bettina Möllring and Agi Haines will speculate on the perfect woman's urinal. From gender-issues to questions relating to intimacy and privacy. The topic of tonight's edition of Pis' Talk will also be the starting point for our second Pissing in the Park masterclass.

Talks begin at 20:30



Stand up and enjoy the urination - The Stand Up is a biodegradable, disposable peeing accessory that helps women keep their distance from the mess and feel the freedom to go anytime, anywhere. Founded in San Francisco in 2014, the Stand Up Movement is helping women everywhere to find their feet and Stand Up for themselves. More information:

Bettina Möllring

The topic of toilets and urinals plays a central role in Bettina's work. Examining the bathroom complex from different aspects, her work also reflects on socio-cultural questions – for example, by connecting the design and approachability of toilets to the question of how society deals with essential needs of men and women, and how we can react to that on an objective level. Besides her work as a designer, Bettina Möllring is a professor of industrial design principles at the Muthesius Kunsthochschule, having also taught in Berlin, Essen and Singapore. What do we actually need from public spaces? What demands should be given preference in order to make public sanitary spaces comfortable for as many people as possible? These are some of the questions we will discuss together tonight.


Sitting and squatting positions. - Bettina Möllring (D)

Agi Haines

Agi Haines’ work is focused on the design of the human body. How might people respond to the possibilities of our body as another everyday material and how far can we push our malleable bodies while still being accepted by society? With regards to intimacy, gender differences and cultural norms Agi re-imagines how we might improve our future selves. What strategy would you choose to overcome shame and privacy issues? Would you modify your body to connect it better with the urban planning of the city?


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Pis’ Talk 8 // Thursday 30 June
Talk begins 20:30
Biotoop Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: Pre-sale €7,50 / Door: €10,- / Students €5,-
*food and drink not included in ticket price

NB: please bring your student ID to the ticket service.