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.
"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.
How about human hair for mass production?
British designer Ellie Birkhead uses local human hair to make region-specific bricks.
What if we could use human hair to replace finite materials used in building houses? Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Ellie Birkhead decided to experiment with this idea. Birkhead is the developer and maker of “Building the Local”: Bricks, made out of clay, human hair and other local waste…
"Go on, Rub me"
Why did Arthur Guilleminot make a giant butt plug from urine-based soap?
Recently featured at the NeoFuturist Dinner , this artist specialises in “queered approaches” to common household objects and daily rituals. His work is often overtly sexual, using objects associated with the fetish and BDSM community “as a way of exploring and bending sexual and gender…
You can now resurrect the unique smell of your deceased loved one, for $600.
So we’ve seen smell dating . But it turns out that is just the first whiff of what’s to come in terms of personal odour and relationships. French company Kalain now offers a service that promises to reproduce the scent of your deceased loved one, for the tidy sum of $600.
Blood, limbs, sex and shock - is it art?
Performance art is often met with skepticism, and perhaps that is the reaction that artists want to engender. But perhaps it goes too far, when skepticism turns to fear, to anger, to disgust, even. These emotions tend to be the taint on the history of Wiener Faktionismus (Viennese Actionism). With…