The Penis Wall

This kinetic sculpture consists of 81 erectable penises that respond to either a viewer's movements or to realtime movements in the stock market.
Description

The penis is so different! This is my initial motivation, to study one of the oldest and probably the most attractive thing that humans interact with.

The Penis Wall is made up of 3D printed penises that each have six segments driven by servo motors. Equipped with an ultrasonic distance sensor, each unit can respond to a viewer's movements. Moreover, the Penis Wall can also be used as a display to represent data, for instance, fluctuations in the stock market.

Research Process

Male sex organ probably is the oldest and the most attractive thing that human interacts with. It's a large topic in arts, but I didn't find any interactive penis installations in art and related field. (Sex toy is not in my thesis's area of discussion.)

Arts about penis

  • Richard Campbell. Giant Penis

  • Yayoi Kusama. Aggregation (1963)

My installation is different in the following categories:

Key Features: Interact with people's movement.

Look & Feel: Abstract, White, Smooth, Plastic.

Personal Statement

Why Penis

When talking about the penis with friends, I found there are a thousand "understandings" in a thousand people's "mind". Scary, power, ego, evil, elegant, loose-control, funny, crazy... I'm astonished to find so many contradictory feelings about the penis; as well as diverse topics around it such as feminist, man-power, freedom, politics, Wall Street and more. I hope to provide a chance for people to discuss penises and things related by creating an interactive installation.

For myself, I'm also interested in the behavior of penis. It's soft and hard, up and down, small and large, smooth and rough. It may be the most attractive and intuitive interface.

Design Process

Feb. 07: Initial prototype. Tested on the mechanic structures.

Feb. 21: 2nd iteration. Added "skin" onto the structure, 3D printed one.

Feb. 24: 3rd iteration. Reduced the thickness.

Feb. 25: 4th iteration. Created the round body.

Mar. 1: 5th iteration. Designed the servo box attached to the penis base.

Mar. 15: 6th iteration. AMS printed the first penis.

Apr. 10: AMS printed all 100 penis models.

Production Process
  • Week 1. Idea development, building first prototype. (DONE)

  • Week 2. Pilot test, first iteration. (DONE)

  • Week 3 & 4. 3D molding, sensor and circuit testing. (DONE)

  • Week 5. Finishing one model. (DONE)

  • Week 6-9. Manufacturing mold, buying sensors, testing. (DONE)

  • Week 10 -12. Assembly. (DONE)

  • Week 13 & 14. Sensor and softwareTesting. (DONE)

  • Week 15. Testing animation with David Lobser. Last minute fixing. (DONE)

User Testing

Detailed information could be found in this blog post: http://thesis.itp.io/students/ps2409/2325/week-by-week-fee

Week 2. Pilot Test with one hand-pull prototype. Approach: I left on my staging table one prototype of penis that can be pulled up and down by hand. Also I put several sticker and a pen there for people to leave messages. Results: 14 messages. Here is a photo: http://thesis.itp.io/students/ps2409/2325/week-by-week-fee

Week 8: Approach: During the Quick-and-Dirty show, I set up a single penis with a servo pulling the penis up and down. Then I left it on a table and hide a webcam behind it. Every half an hour, I came back to have a check. Results: In the record video, I saw difference facial expressions, such as surprise, laughing and frown.

Feedback

There are 33 presses about the Penis Wall from May 21 to May 27, including The Huffington Post, Newsweek, io9 and 3D Prints Of The World. There are English, French, Chinese and Thai.

Time Press Title Link

2014/05/18 prosthetic knowledge Wall of Penises http://prostheticknowledge.tumblr.com/post/86119009901/wall-of-penises-err-file-under-prosthetic

2014/05/21 ANIMALNewYork 4D GAMES, LIBERATION TECHNOLOGY AND A PENIS WALL AT ITP SPRING SHOW 2014 http://animalnewyork.com/2014/4d-games-liberation-technology-penis-wall-itp-spring-show-2014/ X 2014/05/21 Death and Taxes This wall of dicks shows stock market fluctuations http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/221501/this-wall-of-dicks-shows-stock-market-fluctuations/ X 2014/05/21 GUYISM WALL STREET’S FLUCTUATIONS NOW TRACKED BY FLOPPY ROBOT WIENERS http://guyism.com/humor/wallstreets-fluctuations-now-tracked-floppy-robot-wieners.html X 2014/05/21 Dangerous Minds THERE IS A WALL OF REACTIVE MECHANICAL PHALLUSES BECAUSE… ART http://dangerousminds.net/comments/there_is_a_wall_of_reactive_mechanical_phalluses_because..._art

2014/05/21 Nerve This Wall of Wiggling Penises Is Absolutely Mesmerizing http://www.nerve.com/love-sex/this-wall-of-wiggling-penises-is-mesmerizing

2014/05/22 Amusement 3D-PRINTING, MOTION TRACKING AND 81 PENISES: THE PENIS WALL http://www.amusement.net/2014/05/22/3d-printing-motion-tracking-81-penises-penis-wall/ X 2014/05/22 The Huffington Post Someone 3D-Printed An Entire Wall Of Penises, And It's Actually Quite Impressive http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/22/penis-wall_n_5374746.html X 2014/05/22 Newsweek Today in Tabs: A Message from the Old Internet http://www.newsweek.com/today-tabs-message-old-internet-252050 X 2014/05/22 io9 This Undulating Penis Wall Isn't A D&D Monster, But It Should Be http://io9.com/this-undulating-penis-wall-isnt-a-d-d-monster-but-it-s-1580329831 X 2014/05/22 The Gaily Grind WATCH THIS 3D-PRINTED “GREAT WALL OF PENISES” DANCE TO THE SOUND OF MUSIC http://www.thegailygrind.com/2014/05/22/watch-3d-printed-great-wall-penises-dance-sound-music/

2014/05/22 The Daily Gawk Someone 3D-Printed An Entire Wall Of Penises, And It’s Actually Quite Impressive http://www.dailygawk.com/2014/05/22/someone-3d-printed-an-entire-wall-of-penises-and-its-actually-quite-impressive/

2014/05/22 The Daily Dot Behold: A wall of 3D-printed, motorized dongs http://www.dailydot.com/technology/3d-printed-penises/ X 2014/05/22 Pilerats I mean, stock market. http://pilerats.com/lifestyle/a-wall-of-dicks-to-measure-the-cockmarket/

2014/05/22 Don’t Panic THIS WALL OF DICKS SHOWS STOCK MARKET FLUCTUATIONS http://dontpaniconline.com/magazine/arts/this-wall-of-dicks-shows-stock-market-fluctuations

2014/05/23 TNT Magazine Student prints a 3D wall of penises http://www.tntmagazine.com/news/weird/student-prints-a-3d-wall-of-penises

2014/05/23 COED YEP, THAT’S A WALL OF D*CKS MADE BY AN NYU STUDENT http://coed.com/2014/05/23/yep-thats-a-wall-of-dcks-video/

2014/05/23 South Africa's The Times University student's Penis Wall does Mexican wave http://www.timeslive.co.za/scitech/2014/05/23/university-student-s-penis-wall-does-mexican-wave X 2014/05/23 artnet Wall of Wiggling 3D-Printed Penises Is Actually Good http://news.artnet.com/art-world/wall-of-wiggling-3d-printed-penises-is-actually-good-26370

2014/05/23 FishbowlNY NYU Thesis Project Makes Penis Headlines http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/3d-printed-penises-peiqi-su-nyu_b214586 X 2014/05/23 Gothamist NYU Student Creates Mesmerizing Moving Penis Wall http://gothamist.com/2014/05/23/penis_wall_sfw.php

2014/05/23 Geekologie Interactive Wall Of 3-D Printed Penises Dance To Music http://geekologie.com/2014/05/interactive-wall-of-3-d-printed-penises.php

2014/05/23 3D PRINTS OF THE WORLD Penis Wall http://3dprintsoftheworld.com/object/penis-wall

2014/05/23 postjung สาวเอเซียไอเดียล้ำเลิศประดิษฐ์ผลงานศิลปะน้องชาย 3 มิติ http://board.postjung.com/771694.html

2014/05/24 if it's hip, it's here The Penis Wall Is An Interactive Wall Of Waving Willies by Peiqi Su. http://www.ifitshipitshere.com/penis-wall/ X 2014/05/24 FM96 A fully animated wall of….. http://www.fm96.com/2014/05/24/a-fully-animated-wall-of/

2014/05/24 wartabuana Mahasiswi Bikin Puluhan Penis Bergerak http://www.wartabuana.com/detail.php?id=43027

2014/05/25 melty campus Insolite : Un mur 3D de pénis, l'invention WTF du jour ! http://www.meltycampus.fr/insolite-un-mur-3d-de-penis-l-invention-wtf-du-jour-a287315.html

2014/05/25 AsianceMagazine Asian student creates mesmerizing moving penis wall aka dick-splay LOL! http://www.asiancemagazine.com/news/2014/05/25/asian-student-creates-mesmerizing-moving-penis-wall-aka-dick-splay-lol

2014/05/26 geekattitu.de Un mur 3D de pénis, à cheval entre art et technologie http://geekattitu.de/2014/05/26/un-mur-3d-de-penis-a-cheval-entre-art-et-technologie/

2014/05/26 Incredible Things The Penis Wall Is A Wall Of Dancing Dongs http://www.incrediblethings.com/art-design/the-penis-wall-is-a-wall-of-dancing-dongs/

2014/05/26 Ekstra Bladet TV: Her er den dansende penis-mur http://ekstrabladet.dk/sex_og_samliv/article2292340.ece

2014/05/27 奇趣发现 “阴茎墙”可随着音乐跳舞或与观众互动 http://www.qiqufaxian.cn/post/7263.html X

Conclusions

What I learned is much more than the Penis Wall itself. I learned:

  • 3D modeling and optimization for 3D printer.
  • It's necessary that always have plan A, plan B, plan C and D when doing hardware.
  • Design a strong and easy to open acrylic case without using acrylic cement.
  • It's useful to iterate, iterate and iterate more.
  • Public speech without preparing.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of different fish line.
  • Documentation is important, though it took more time than just work.
  • The basic rules about how to make a good presentation.
  • Many impossible structures for injection molding.
 

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