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Beth Giacummo | Hullaballoo Collective

Hullaballoo Collective

Nylon,light,fanVaried2012-2013
Schmusen; interactive inflatable installation Nylon,light,fan
Varied
2012-2013
Rayon,light,fanVaried2012-2013
Schmusen (detail 1)Rayon,light,fan
Varied
2012-2013
Nylon,light,fanVaried2012-2013
Schmusen (detail 2)Nylon,light,fan
Varied
2012-2013
Modeling compound, acrylic on canvas 12x12inches2011-2012
Shmusen; Cuddle Studies TriptychModeling compound, acrylic on canvas
12x12inches
2011-2012
Modeling compound, acrylic on canvas 12x12inches2011-2012
Schmusen; Cuddle Studies Triptych (detail1) Modeling compound, acrylic on canvas
12x12inches
2011-2012
Modeling compound, acrylic on canvas 12x12inches2011-2012
Shmusen; Cuddle Studies Triptych (detail 2) Modeling compound, acrylic on canvas
12x12inches
2011-2012
Mixed mediaVaried2010
Pimped (male)Mixed media
Varied
2010

Beth Giacummo

Schmusen (2012-2013) is an interactive inflatable installation based on the body’s experience through the effect of the hormone oxytocin. The translation and interpretation of the emotive qualities are visually represented through inflatable forms with which the viewer can interact. The Schmusen “bodies” resemble the fetus or a human figure and its actions are dictated by whether or not too much or too little of the specific hormone is present. The symbolic oxytocin receptors are depicted as “tails” interacting with one another by folding over each other, cuddling, and filling in the empty space. Combining a soft and furry floor with her large and small receptors provides an artificial stimulus which invokes, in the mind’s eye of each participant, the desire to interact with Schmusen, which is the exact effect this inflatable and interactive installation intended to accomplish!

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