Multi-talented electropop artist Sputniko! has won an Honorary Mention Award at Ars Electronica 2012 in Linz, Austria.
The Award was for Sputniko!’s ‘Menstruation Machine’ video which was originally unveiled in 2010. “What does Menstruation mean, biologically, culturally and historically, to humans?” queries Hiromi Ozaki (aka Sputniko!), “Who might choose to have it, and how might they have it? The Menstruation Machine – fitted with a blood dispensing mechanism and electrodes simulating the lower abdomen – simulates the pain and bleeding of a 5 day menstruation process”.
‘Menstruation Machine -Takashi’s Tak’e focuses on a boy, Takashi, who builds the machine in an attempt to dress up as a female, biologically as well as aesthetically, to fulfill his desire to understand what it might feel like to be a girl.
Sputniko!’s entry was under the Interactive Art category of the Prix Ars Electronica, which has been a forum for multi-media creativity and innovation since 1987.