Corpus Phallosum is an ongoing project I’m developing currently for the ITP Spring Show. After that, another iteration is going up at FIGMENT NYC on Roosevelt Island the first weekend of June, and the final iteration is an officially registered art installation at Burning Man 2019, where it will grace Deep Playa for over a week.
The core installation element is a wall with 144 transparent dildos lit from within by LEDs. Each dildo is a switch that, when pressed down, triggers an animation and sound, depending on the mode it’s in. The main mode when idling is a giant MIDI piano, where each dildo press signals a different note.
The current system uses a keypad/multiplexer type input sending signal to an arduino MEGA. The arduino sends the current presses to a raspi running processing, which controls the A/V elements.
I’ve been lucky enough to receive guidance on this project from the following faculty, to whom I owe many thanks:
A large prototype is currently installed in my apartment, but I’m working on a new design that will downsize the wall and need less of a footprint.