The Grind is a speculative exhibition about sex and consent. In the age of “Me Too” and “Time’s Up,” a new light has been shed on sexual assault and sex culture. A lot of gray area is caused due to a general lack of understanding about consent and a big lean toward sex-shaming.
The Grind is a conceptual Pop–Up coffee shop and exhibition about sex. The coffee shop uses the metaphor that "consent is as easy as ordering coffee", in order to create a comfortable and conversational space.
At the register, and on the app, customers order a cup of coffee in a manner that prompts them to answer with either "yes" or "no". This interaction shows people that the only way to properly consent is to say the word yes.
This section is located inside the bakery case. A selection of different contraceptives and barriers are on display along with information about them. This encourages people to get familiar with their options and learn more about how different methods work.
The content is split into four main categories: There is Nothing to be Ashamed of, Sex is for All, Know Yourself, and Talk About It! These categories talk about various forms of sex, masturbation and how to communicate with your partner about what you like.
The purpose of this section is to further discuss the idea of consent, especially the concept of ongoing consent and being able to say no at any point. This section also addresses the choice to pursue abstinence.
Visitors have the option to submit questions they have into a question jar, or directly on the wall. These questions would be discussed at the final Q&A event.
A pamphlet will be sent out to dorms on the Univeristy of Washington campus to let people know about the exhibit as they are moving onto campus. The pamphlet includes a brief overview of the exhibition and an event calendar.
Created in collaboration with Angela Piccolo, Eva Grate, Jen Strong and Kate Degman.