Here There and Everywhere: Anticipating the Art for the Future
Thing: Part II   Transformed

Marisa Jahn • USA
Steve Shada • USA
with other collaborators in France

About the work, Jahn writes, “For any klutz who wishes to woo a potential lover, Pleasurecraft is a vehicular kit that choreographs gesture and landscape to produce an outing full of splendor and romance. The potential lover will find PleasureCraft’s luxurious pillows and easy-to-reach champagne cooler irresistible. Suitors will love PleasureCraft for its easy-to-use instructions that make romance easy —one, two, three!

“The suitor begins when he/she steps in the boat and starts to read the operator’s manual. Pictures indicate what to do next—comb the moustache, don the bowtie, bust out the breath mints—then uncork the champagne.

“Often, a clumsy serenade can be attributed to an overwhelming amount of details and a failure to attend to the right ones in the right order. But PleasureCraft solves this problem through its built-in water wheel, perfectly calibrated to the RPM of the River Seine. By listening to the music and glancing at the operator manual, the suitor knows what cues to follow and when.

“Pleasurecraft is an ethnographic examination of our species’ mating rituals."

The exhibition is made possible through support from the MIT Museum, MIT Council for the Arts, the Tangible Media Group at MIT’s Media Lab, Luke Lozier/Bibliopolis, Jenny Jaskey Gallery and Le Fondation Ténot Bursaire.

Exhibition Venues:

camac • Marnay-sur-Seine, France
May 15—June 30, 2008
camac is a creative center offering international residency programs for artists, scientists and technologists working with new media. It fosters interaction, investigation and exploration.

MIT Museum • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

PleasureCraft is part of “Hollowed,” an exhibition featuring Shada/Jahn with Cati Vaucelle.