The project, "Manjal Neerattu Vizha", uses an arduino and an ultrasonic distance sensor in order to activate an artificial period. The period is activated inside a doll which wears the traditional indian woman's garment, the sari. The project is as much a look into indian culture as it is a look into feminism.
In india, and more specifically in Tamilnadu, when a young girl first gets her period, there is a celebration that is held that can be considered a sort of 'coming of age' ceremony. It is also at this time that the girl is first allowed to wear a 'sari', until then she was probably wearing 'churidars' or other small dresses. My own such ceremony left a large impression on me because of the grand amount of people that attended the celebration, the large amount of money that went into preparing the ceremony, and above all else the awkwardness of letting everyone know that I was on my period and, essentially, on display because of it. This project does not seeks to undermine the ceremony since I have many fond memories of participating in it. The project instead seeks to explore this ceremony and let the viewer become a participant in a re-contextualized version of the ceremony. I am deeply interested in menstruation as being part of a 'display' for people to see. in order to explore this concept, I have created a menstruation that is triggered by the arrival of people and which performs for the viewer until he/she moves on . By the end of the performance, the sari is drenched with blood on the tails of its skirt and the blood has spread over the ground.