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Teste Touch

Benjamin Chao
Jason Krugman
Stella Kim

An art installation where the user's touch and the temperature of the environment makes two giant testicles retract and descend.

http://www.testetouch.com

Classes Living Art,Mechanisms and Things That Move

Teste Touch is an interactive installation that mimics the human anatomy. In the same vein as Matthew Barney's Cremaster series, our installation is based on the natural interaction between the male reproductive organs and their environment. Teste Touch’s hanging scrotum responds to temperature by ascending or descending, highlighting the function of the cremaster muscle. Without a working cremaster muscle, the sperm can easily overheat, killing them and rendering a man sterile. This piece demonstrates one of the main functions of the autonomous nervous system: performing crucial tasks for us without our direct intention. Although the rising and falling of the testicles is often the subject of humor and or vulgarity, it is crucial to the survival of the entire human species. In addition, we have included a reflexive response to touch to create a more direct interaction with the user. With this project, we are affirming our love for Mother Nature and the beautiful simplicity of her designs.


Background
We did a lot of research relating to solenoids and dc motors. After changing out project idea, we also researched fabrics and plastic materials. We are planning on making a proposal for either PS1 Contemporary Art Center or Sculpture Center. We went in person to both locations and are in the process of documenting their exhibition spaces and making schematics that place our pieces within their physical spaces.

Audience
Everyone

User Scenario
The user sees the piece and is not quite sure what they are witnessing. They are curious because of its large scale and similarity to a particularly amusing part of the human anatomy. Those daring enough to touch our piece will be amused by the piece's reaction to their touch.

Implementation
dc motor, qprox sensor, copper mesh, skin-like fabric and chicken wire. The installation will be suspended from the ceiling. The motor and spool mechanism will be hung from the ceiling. The fabric will be affixed to the ceiling and wrapper around the balls. Mono-filament line will wrap around the spool, allowing the motor to raise and lower the testes. The fabric pouch will drop within a few feet of the floor. The spheres and fabric will all be relatively light, allowing them to be easily lifted by the motor. The touch sensor will be attached to copper mesh placed inside the sack. For the temperature input, we will use a thermistor.

Conclusion
We spent a long time developing an idea related to spherical object that would mimic a woman's pregnant belly. However, after doing a lot of research relating to solenoids and mechanisms to replicate a baby's kick, we decided that Teste Touch would be a more dynamic and rewarding project to pursue.