Marisa Jahn • USA
Steve Shada • USA
with other collaborators in France
About the work, Jahn writes, “For any klutz who wishes to woo a
potential lover, Pleasurecraft is a vehicular kit that choreographs
gesture and landscape to produce an outing full of splendor and
romance. The potential lover will find PleasureCraft’s luxurious pillows
and easy-to-reach champagne cooler irresistible. Suitors will love
PleasureCraft for its easy-to-use instructions that make romance easy
—one, two, three!
“The suitor begins when he/she steps in the boat and starts to read
the operator’s manual. Pictures indicate what to do next—comb the
moustache, don the bowtie, bust out the breath mints—then uncork the
“Often, a clumsy serenade can be attributed to an overwhelming amount
of details and a failure to attend to the right ones in the right order. But
PleasureCraft solves this problem through its built-in water wheel, perfectly
calibrated to the RPM of the River Seine. By listening to the music
and glancing at the operator manual, the suitor knows what cues to
follow and when.
“Pleasurecraft is an ethnographic examination of our species’
The exhibition is made possible through support from the MIT
Museum, MIT Council for the Arts, the Tangible Media Group at MIT’s
Media Lab, Luke Lozier/Bibliopolis, Jenny Jaskey Gallery and Le Fondation
camac • Marnay-sur-Seine, France
May 15—June 30, 2008
camac is a creative center offering international residency programs for
artists, scientists and technologists working with new media. It fosters
interaction, investigation and exploration.
MIT Museum • Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
PleasureCraft is part of “Hollowed,” an exhibition featuring Shada/Jahn
with Cati Vaucelle.