This box was the first to utilize compact battery powered drills and the sheet rock screws for its construction. The design was shaped by the form of a crouch with knees to the chest. The head protrudes and allows for the application of masks and other appliances. The Portal, between the bump out’s to accommodate the feet, gives access to the genitals. It also serves as a tunable port for the bass reflex speaker addition.
This printout illustrates how very early digital tools where used as aids for the dimensioning of the enclosures. The box depicted here was used in an installation called “A10, Lost Wet Land Wader”
This box addressed the challenges of a traveling show. It was designed to be disassembled. The pivotal method involved the use of wooden threads tightened to sandwich and lock the panels.
Mala Monsio — Evil House
PD met Russian artist ‘KGB’ in 2002 in New York City. The nascent Insex production company, located at this time in downtown Brooklyn, created an added excitement with the opportunity to meet artists who were willing to assist with the production.
A large subscription membership supporting the Insex web phenomenon allowed him to retain this New York based Russian artist who specialized in metal smithery.
KGB brought an organic fluid process to creative metal work. This was well suited to adopt designs for human restraint and erotic fantasy.
This piece utilizes the ready made process. The common farm water tub is repurposed as a cell.
Once PD had secured a suitable property, the box in the ground was the first piece.
The first box was executed some where around 1975. Pine shelving was layered and overlapped to fashion channels, and tenons. This became practical with the advent of drywall screws and battery powered hand drills. The wood became a second skin as it was fashioned to tightly hold a human body with inspiration from Egyptian sculpture.
The airtight seals also allowed them to become speaker enclosures They where like psychological pupas — the person emerging was some how changed — at least for a while. The first box allowed for the speaker to function while the person was inclosed.
The hifi stereo craze of the 60’s:
PD was very much a rock and roll denizen; gesticulating deathly to the likes of Joey Dee and the Starliters, Chubby Checker, Bobby Day's Rockin Robin and Mashed Potatos by Dee Dee Sharp. With his ducktail and spit shined shoes he was one cool dude.
PD could not help wondering what is going on here. He noticed that a girl would give him at least passing attention by agreeing to dance with him. What was this irresistible signal that excited us to dance madly about; How was it conveyed? PD was wondering what was the nature of these devices that we where all drawn to. The speaker box, the record; and what was it that made it work. Is it not the same stuff that allowed him to use a transformer to prank girls while holding the leads as he broke the circuit across the battery.
Faraday's law of induction
Block Statue of the Steward Senwosret-senebefni
Period: Middle Kingdom
Dynasty: Dynasty 12
Date: ca. 1981-1802 B.C.
Geography: From Egypt
Dimensions: H. 68.3 cm (26 7/8 in.); W. 41.5 cm (16 5/16 in.); D. 46 cm (18 1/8 in.)
Credit Line: Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
Historical magic: the seated statue "stands up"
Since the Egyptian belief system, contained concepts framed in a world of magic and a formal framework of art expression, the block statue had a magical purpose. Obviously ideas evolved, but eventually the idea came for the statue that it was always – seated in place, and at a moments notice, the individual could stand erect and "go out into the day." This concept is quite similar to the Book of the Dead, where the individual is:
"returning, and entering..(to/from cemetery Neter-Khert)..the daily returning for events wonderful, to the loved, created habits, (all), sitting in the Hall, returning as a living-soul. Chapter VII, lines 1-3.5. (The Book of the Dead, subtitle: The Coming Forth by Day.)
The deceased individual Egyptian person returns each day, to perform their usual daily life duties. It is also equivalent to the earlier concept of the false door, where the ba-soul returned each day, to find the food offering.
Wilhelm Reich (1), proposed the “orgone” energy field that could be enhanced in specially configured boxes
I decided to examine Reich’s ideas by building my own. Of course the idea resonated strongly with my own sexual proclivities.
I spent many hours in this “accumulator”. In the spirit of pareidolia I can attest that these sessions increased my vitality immensely and where a major force in the creations that where finally shown in the Insex “gallery”.
Mr. Quigg helped develop screws for drywall that revolutionized the construction world, said Rex Selbe, his boss at United States Gypsum, a manufacturer of building materials and the leading manufacturer of gypsum drywall.
"In the 1950s only plaster was used in high-rises. But these screws [that Mr. Quigg helped create] allowed drywall to be attached to vertical steel studs," Selbe said. "These were to the building industry what transistors and chips were to the computer and electronic world. Now plaster has been replaced with drywall throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Serendipity of drywall screws
Discovering drywall screws and how they maybe applied to building pine boxes was a serendipitous moment. At the time the options for building wooden boxes consisted of glue with clamps, doweling, mortising, dovetails, wood screws; all requiring assemble techniques that where tedious and imposed on the function of the design. Using pine shelving, a power drill, drywall screws, and glue an enclosure could be designed, built and tested within a few days.
This plate from Georges Pichard’s Marie Gabrielle was astounding to PD. It illustrated an extremely imaginative device for confinement. It was an enclosure that still allowed the head, feet and hands to be displayed. The piece conveyed layers of possible erotic play. We have isolation, sitting in your own waste, foot torture, and of course feeding and other activities for the head.
The drama within these cartoons is masterfully rendered. As our subject is led down the stairs she can see the girl she is about to replace with an expression of lunacy — abandoned as she was for many days.
Pichard, Georges. Marie-gabrielle De Saint-Eutrope. Grenoble: Éditions Jacques Glénat, 1978. Print.
Pichard, G. Marie-gabrielle De Saint-Eutrope. New York: Eurotica, 1995. Print.