Hiromi Ozaki

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It’s 2010, so why are humans still menstruating? The pill free interval was devised in the early days of the contraceptive pill only because it was felt that women would find having a ‘period’ more acceptable – however, out of all mammals only humans, apes and bats need to bleed monthly for their reproductive cycle. What does Menstruation mean to humans? Who might choose to have it, and how might they have it?

Fitted with a blood dispensing mechanism and lower-abdomen-stimulating electrodes, the Menstruation Machine simulates the pain and bleeding of an average 5 day menstruation process of a human. Menstruation Machine (Takashi's Take) is a music video about 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 truely kawaii (cute) girl. He determinedly wears the machine to hang out with his kawaii friend in Tokyo, but…

Project Credits
Product Design: Naoki Kawamoto
Photography: Rai Royal
Set Design: Sam Frances
Make Up: Hiroe Tomikawa
Video Production: Aug5, Japan, Director: Yasuhito Tsuge
Sound Production: DJ Codomo
Stylist: Shoko Sei
Fashion: Emma Lundgren, Amakiru, Grace Du Prez, Anna Schwamborn
Research Guidance: Prof. Jan Brosens, Imperial College London, Department of Medicine
Shoot Studio: Bullet's Nishiazabu

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