FUNLAND: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground
June 26, 2014 – Spring 2015
FUNLAND: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground, an art installation by renowned London-based conceptual artist duo Bompas & Parr, features a selection of “carnival attractions” for audiences to enjoy and experience while they contemplate the sexual subtext of carnivals.
This immersive exhibition, commissioned by the Museum of Sex, features five “attractions” designed to stimulate all five senses in both subtle and not-so-subtle ways. Physical, visual and olfactory experiences are utilized to give the audience a breathless rush of endorphins (similar to those released at the point of orgasm), challenge their strength and agility, and allow them to compete with and impress friends and lovers, as well as other patrons.
Amongst the interactive experiences, visitors are invited to jump high in “Jump for Joy,” a moonbounce made of giant, over-sized breasts, scale a wall of orifices and appendages in “Grope Mountain,” and lose themselves in “The Tunnel of Love,” a mirrored labyrinth that leads patrons on a climactic journey to the Gräfenberg (or “G”) Spot, all while listening to a custom carnival soundscape by composer Dom James and tempted by edible treats designed by Bompas & Parr.
To illustrate the rich history of fairground eroticism and to help provide the cultural context for this exhibition, Bompas & Parr have collaborated with Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of the UK National Fairground Archive and recent speaker at the PSFK Conference. To learn more about the historical context behind this exhibition, please read Toulmin’s essay, As Graceful As They Were Disgraceful: Eroticism and the Fairground.
About the Museum of Sex
The mission of the Museum of Sex (MoSEX) is to preserve and present the history, evolution and cultural significance of human sexuality. Since opening in 2002, MoSEX has collaborated with world-renown cultural institutions, artists, and academics to create exhibitions and programs that explore the best in current scholarship in the arts, sciences and humanities. From fine art to historical ephemera, its permanent collection is comprised of more than 15,000 sexually significant artifacts.
MoSEX has become a destination US and international visitors have come to know and love, featuring four floors of gallery space, a unique gift shop with one-of-a-kind signature products and Play, its café/den/bar & lounge. Located at 233 Fifth Avenue (at 27th Street) in New York City, MoSEX is open 7 days a week: Sunday to Thursday from 10:00am to 8:00pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00am to 9:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at the ticket counter or online at the website.