As similar as we are to one another, how we flush – or don’t flush – can vary greatly depending on where we live. In our new exhibit called ‘Toilet Perspectives”, we look at the different ways humans go to the toilet and how such a simply, everyday action can be done in hundreds of different ways. Some toilets are round, some toilets are square. Some toilets can flush, some toilets do not flush. Some toilets are painted bright colours, some toilets are monotone. Some toilets are built low on the ground, some toilets are elevated high above the ground.
Why are toilets so different? And how did they become that way? Does it change the way humans act and think? If so, how? While there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to use the toilet, there are certainly different ways to use the toilet. This exhibit is intended to encourage dialogue using toilets as a medium. You may even find that there are other ways you would like to use the toilet. For instance, did you know that bidets are commonly used in some countries in Europe? And did you know that in some countries in Asia, the bidet is built into the toilet and it can play music? Want to know why? You’ll have to come check out our Bio Bidet display at the exhibit. These built-in bidets are called bidet toilet seats and you can learn what is a bidet toilet seat in this writeup.
Interestingly, the idea for “Toilet Perspectives” came from one of our artists who has been working on us on a number of projects, traveling from one place to another. We’ve been to places where toilets vary greatly from one another, and this artist always had the idea of doing an exhibit like this. In the exhibit, you can expect a number of displays and descriptions of the toilets from all over the world as well as a unique video/music performance not to be missed!
A total of 37 artists worked on this exhibit. They range from photographers to graphic artists to sculptors to painters. They come from 16 different countries.
The exhibit will begin July 18 and close July 28. There are no plans as of yet to extend the exhibit or have it run another time at a different location and date. But depeending on the feedback there is the possibility.
Tickets are $25 for adults ($20 for early bird adults), $15 for students and children ($10 early bird students and children), and $15 for seniors 65+ ($10 for early bird seniors). Children under the ages of 5 receive free admission. If you are a member of Kunst Verein, you can claim an entrance ticket as part of one of your five free exhibit tickets. Not a member yet and would like to join? New members can also claim a free ticket to this exhibit so long as they join as a member before July 18 or when tickets sell out, whichever comes first. So do not delay!