Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground
Museum of Sex, New York City, Open until spring 2015
This summer saw the launch of Bompas & Parr’s FUNLAND: Pleasures & Perils of the Erotic Fairground, an art installation in New York featuring a selection of carnival inspired 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 and to share the love with other visitors.
Among the interactive experiences, visitors are invited to jump high in Jump for Joy, a bouncy castle made of giant, over-sized breasts (watch the slo-mo film here); scale a climbing wall of bodily 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.