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The Judy Chicago Dinner Party Power Station

aka many hands make the lights work
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"The Dinner Party is an installation created by artist Judy Chicago depicting place settings for 39 mythical and historical famous women. It was produced from 1974 to 1979. Subsequently, it toured to 16 venues in 6 countries on 3 continents to a viewing audience of 15 million. Since 2007 it has been on permanent exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, New York." (edited from wiki)

At the heart of the Dinner Party are the actual ceramic plates, each of which depicts the vagina of its famous ascribed owner.

The idea is to take the precious plates and transfer each of them to the top of a series of long poles, where they will be spun, and remain balanced for as long as the necessary refreshing motion is provided by human intervention. (just as in the well known stage version of the spinning plates trick - see link)

Instead of simply viewing the work, continuous lines of volunteers, who will pay for the privilege, will queue up to take their turn at lovingly agitating all the poles in order to preserve the motion of the plates.

As well as providing the energy to prevent the plate's rotations from ever decaying, the volunteers are delivering a type of continuous motion, suitable as a human powered energy source. This happens because a portion of each of the pole's vibration energy is harvested and delivered via generators to an electricity supply circuit.

Once activated, the never ending appreciation society devoted to the work of Judy Chicago will ensure that none of the priceless plates ever ever falters or falls.

In time, a large array of identical, replica Judy Chicago Dinner Party Spinning Plate Stations will be constructed, with sufficient size to warrant description as that of a Power Station, as enough resulting energy will be manufactured to enter the mains electricity grid.

xenzag, Oct 17 2013

http://en.wikipedia...ki/The_Dinner_Party The Dinner Party [xenzag, Oct 17 2013]

http://www.brooklyn.../virginia_woolf.php Virgina Woolf's one watt setting [xenzag, Oct 17 2013]

http://ismelltheref...newest-bestest.html plates spinning on poles [xenzag, Oct 18 2013]

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       Parts sold separately. Batteries not included. May contain nuts.
4whom, Oct 18 2013

       [marked-for-deletion] wanton vandalism
Loris, Oct 18 2013

       Eh.... Look at the title of the website sometime.... Sighs
xenzag, Oct 18 2013

       Wait - what's being vandalized here?   

       I mean, I don't think it's my cup of tea, but it's not MFD material.   

       I should think that, if you had to re-lay the table after washing up, it might be difficult to assign the right plate to the right place setting, unless you were an unusually well-connected person.
pertinax, Oct 21 2013

       //Eh.... Look at the title of the website sometime.... Sighs//   

       Oh yeah, sorry, I missed the assimilation of the halfbakery by burnthelibraryofalexandria.com .   

       //Wait - what's being vandalized here?//   

       If you ignore the pseudo-respectful language and read between the lines, xenzag's objectives are clearly a) extorting art-lovers and/or b) the needless destruction of this artwork.
Loris, Oct 21 2013

       Thank you so much for explaining my halfbaked idea.... Next time I'll do sacred cows blowing chewing gum fart bubbles - Ha!
xenzag, Oct 21 2013

       You're welcome, yellowist.
Loris, Oct 21 2013

       Hmm... something useful for starving artists to do, perhaps.
RayfordSteele, Oct 22 2013

       While undoubtedly a fitting end, I can't help but note that I could have gone the rest of my life without having heard of it in the first place [ ]
FlyingToaster, Oct 23 2013

       I *love* this idea! Brilliant and *very* original!
Zeuxis, Oct 24 2013


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