Pissing in Public

Pis’talk 2: Christian Pagh, Theo Brandwijk, Thought Collider, FUD test and more...

25 jun 2015

Pis’talk is a series of lectures that explore urine in a very broad cultural sense. The speakers of the evening will dive into the process of designing and painting with urine in mind (and body), as well as explore urine as an archival and revealing human physical narrative. Think we’re just taking the piss? Come find out at the Pis'talk!

Talks begin at 20:00. Get your tickets now and sign up for the event.


Female Portable Urinals - Ana Valls

Christian Pagh

For years public events have been organized around "feel good" experiences, but even "feel good" experiences require public convenience for the most urgent of matters. UiWE is a multidisciplinary design agency based in Copenhagen, Denmark that brings together architects, designers and cultural researchers to create ambitious and original site-specific solutions. Christian Pagh, founder of UiWE, joins us to talk about the agency's Culture Design-approach to creating sustainable solutions from a holistic understanding of how people act, interact and communicate within urban environments. How todesign public urinals for both sexes for instance?

On Friday June 26 Christian will also give an exclusive masterclass: Pissing in the Park. Together we will investigate how we can turn the Dijkspark into a public urinal and use that as a positive identity for the area.


Functional Urinals Designed for a Public Space - PeeBetter products for public convenience UiWE and their PeeBetter Lab designed the Simple P(right) and the Pollee(left) for respectively male and female public convenience. Peebetter, Christian Pagh (DK)

Thought Collider

Through the combined narratives of traditional Chinese medicine and modern technology, Susana Camará Leret and Mike Thompson of Thought Collider visualises personal metabolic development and health with the help of their own urine.
The project, Aqua Vita, utilises archival potential of urine metabolites to map the body's ecosystem, proposing a new understanding of health as a dynamic system while also visualising the narratives the system creates. The duo will tell us about what they learned from their urine and talk about the process of the project.


25-06-2015 Pissing in Public - Aqua Vita by Susana Cámara Leret & Mike Thompson - Pis komt nooit echt aan bod als gespreksonderwerp. Wel bij Mediamatic. Wij presenteren de allereerste Pis'talk, een serie lezingen die urine onderzoekt, in een brede culturele en contextuele zin. Daarnaast verzamelen we urine die wordt gebruikt om de biodiverse planten aan de Dijksgracht te helpen groeien. Op de foto zie je de urine van Susana Camará Leret en Mike Thompson, die met hun project Aqua Vita aan de hand van hun eigen urine het ecosysteem van het menselijk lichaam onderzoeken. 25… Thought Collider

Michelle Hammerton

What is the nutritional capacity of urine-based fertilizers? And what is the uptake of micro-pollutants, such as pharmaceuticals, in the plants that you fertilize with these fertilizers?
Michelle Hammerton from Metabolic is here to help us answer these questions. She is currently growing tomatoes in the greenhouse of Mediamatic and she will be joining the Pis’talk to tell us more about her research.


Growing tomatoes in the Mediamatic greenhouse - Emma T. Gaskell, Anna Pedersen

Theo Brandwijk

What started as a joke many years ago is now a collection of over 150 photographs. Self-proclaimed "wildplaskunstenaar"(outdoor pee-artist) Theo Brandwijk utilises urine as both an artistic material and a design subject. Throughout the past 16 years the designer has been leaving his mark in very temporary, urban street-art fashion by peeing eagles on walls. His interest in urine, however, is not exclusive to the eagles. Theo is also working on designing a modern, separating toilet.


Theo Brandwijk - eagle - Theo Brandwijk, self named 'wild-pee-artist', pisses eagles on walls. Theo Brandwijk

Arie Altena

How and when do you pee as a rider participating in a race as intense as Tour de France? Do you just pee in your pants? Or do you get off your bike? This year, the two first stages of the race will depart from Utrecht on July 4th and 5th. It is the sixth time the race begins in the Netherlands. In light of this, co-organizer of Sonic Acts and resident Tour de France-expert, Arie Altena, joins us this evening to give us some insight into peeing at cycling events.


Arie Altena performing at the opening of Cyclic - Photo by Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt More about Cyclic here. foto by Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt foto by Vanessa Bellaar Spruijt

Portable Peeing

The girls of our very own Pis’team here at Mediamatic have been testing female urination devices. They will join us to talk about their experiences with the portable urinals. Is it absolutely necessary to have one of your own? Or should you ditch the idea all together? Find out at the Pis’talk.


Portable urination devices - The first portable urination devices we received for the review! Ana Valls


Pis’talk 2
Thursday, June 25th
Talks begin at 20.00
Doors open at 19.30
Biotoop Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam
Tickets: €8,50 (€3,50 for members)

Students pay only €5! Fill in the discount code 'student' at the check-out. NB: we will ask you to show your student id at the ticket service.

You can also read about it on Facebook. You find the event page here.