Pissoir 2000 an interactive
by Allan Giddy & Steven Greenwoood
is it? A pre-fabricated wall unit supporting
a urinal is installed in an existing gallery toilet.
The urinal is sensitised to allow participants (both male & female)
to draw using their urine. The resulting drawings are displayed in real-time in the gallery
automatically uploaded onto the internet.
The work Pissoir celebrates the private, intimate,
DIY act of pissing as a creative
activity. This work provides all participants with a virtual canvas,
giving them the
opportunity to draw/paint their own works of art. Urine incident upon
a sensor is
sampled for its unique pH level; thus each participant leaves his/her
pH signature. In addition to the installation apparatus, the artists
provide a small
device to assist women in urinating precisely.
Pissoir embodies the DIY culture in its most intimate & naive form.
Image1: View in gallery space of the plasma screen with
Image2: The Urinal unit before installation in the toilets
Image3: Side view technical diagram of the work
Those participants who have demonstrated higher
than normal levels of creativity during
the act of pissing have been selected to enter into the world´s
drawing "Hall of Fame".
to view the other artists.
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- Toilets must be in close proximity to gallery
space and have free wall area at least 70cm wide.
- The toilet area must have access from the
free wall (mounting area) to an existing urinal,
toilet, or outlet pipe (for discharge of urine)
- Access must be possible for discreet cabling
from toilet area to gallery space. (1 x AV cable).
- 220V - 240V Power in gallery space (10 AMP
- 220V - 240V Power to toilet area (10 AMP
- Flat screen wall mounted LCD TV approximate
diagonal dimension 600 mm.
- Internet Connection.
- Set-up time 20 hours.
All other equipment including cabling, computers,
software, sensors, women's pissing aids and lights will be provided by the artists.
Image 1: Light
Image 2: Camera in urinal
Image 3: Camera in urinal
Images 1, 2, 3: An average urinal
Image1: Women´s Pissing Aid
For Women only
The work Pissoir provides the opportunity for
women to use the work by standing up. Women can use the Finger-assist
method as outlined below:
1. Wash or wipe your hands clean with a moist
2. Adjust clothing. Pants should be pulled down in front a few inches.
Skirts should be lifted.Underwear should
be pulled down at the waistband or move the fabric at the crotch to one
3. Wipe your labia area clean.
4. Using either hand, make a "V" with your first and second
finger and spread the inside of your labia minora. (The
INNER lips) Beginners may want to try using the fingers
from both hands for better control.
5. Lift to the desired angle, then pee. (If you do not spread and
lift, it could run down your leg.)
6. Wipe your labia if necessary.
7. Return the toilet seat to its original position.
8. Wash your hands and you are done!
The artists also provide the Women´s Pissing Aid (as shown
above) during the exhibition to assist women in greater control & precision.
Image 1: Gallery crowd in front of screen
Image 2: Gallery crowd in front of screen
Born 1960, Morrinsville, New Zealand. Completed
a Masters in Fine Art at the University of NSW COFA, Sydney. Guest
fellow at CAIIA, University of Wales, U.K. Completed a year as guest
fellow at the Hochschule für Bildenden Künste, Saarbrücken,
Germany. Completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of
New South Wales College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. Allan currently
lectures in Electronics-Sculpture at COFA, University of NSW, Sydney,
Australia. He lives and works in Sydney, Australia.
Born 1971, Sydney, Australia. DAAD scholarship
from 1994 to 1997. Completed a Masters in Media Art from the Hochschüle
fur Gestaltung, Karlsruhe, Germany. Completed a Bachelor of Fine
Arts at the University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts,
Sydney, Australia. Lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Selected
exhibitions: Museum of Sydney 2001, net Condition, ZKM, 1999 Medium
- eine Welt dazwischen, Museum für Gestaltung, Zurich, 1998
Ostrananie 97, Dessau, 1997
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