Powerful Machinery, your hardware and mine, 2013
A project by Melissa Steckbauer & Manuel Wischnewski in collaboration with Olivia G. Baxter, Betty Dodson, Julia Phillips, Marie Wocher
A part of the exhibition, ƒƒ / Forma, organized by Katrin Plavcak and Janne Schäfer/ƒƒ
Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
ƒƒ/Forma, an evening exploring the experimental relationships between painting and performance.
Powerful Machinery, your hardware and mine concerns itself with the under- and misrepresentation of the clitoris in educational literature. Presenting a set of alternative drawings, Steckbauer and Wischnewski invited the audience to take part in a collective coloring workshop.
Featured within are a series of posters depicting the internal and external clitoris and labia as drawn by Melissa Steckbauer. Visitors were invited to color and or decorate their clitorises which were then hung at Kunst-Werke during the event and distributed within the city afterward. A limited edition, mailable (coloring) booklet was created featuring drawings by Melissa Steckbauer and texts by Olivia G. Baxter, Julia Philips, Melissa Steckbauer and Manuel Wischnewski. Marie Wocher created the graphic design and format for the booklet together with Manuel Wischnewski. Betty Dodson contributed her film, "The Internal Clitoris".