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Photographs of Sexual Devices Used by the Kinsey Institute

13_Vaginal-Photoplethysmograph-I.-Psychophysiological-device-which-measures-vaginal-blood-flow-indicating-the-level-of-sexual-arousal-in-womenjpgVaginal Photoplethysmograph I, 2011

We can’t help but imagine the stories the devices carry with them: What was done with them? To whom? And by whom? And because these devices are intended to elicit and record sexual responses, they can never be fully separated from their “naughty” or “pornographic” meanings, no matter to what extent the Institute uses them as tools of science.—Sarah Sudhoff

Wired is a series of photographs by Texas based photographer Sarah Sudhoff of sexual devices used by the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The Kinsey Institute was founded by sexologist Alfred Kinsey in 1947, and has always been a hub of controversy.

In 2008, after Sudhoff’s image Exam 2 was selected for the annual juried art exhibition at the Kinsey Institute, she was invited to participate as the Institute’s first artist in residence. Prepared and inspired to document the past history of the Institute, she unexpectedly discovered that psychophysiological research was still being conducted, thus sparking a new angle to the project. Wired catalogs both contemporary and vintage devices used by the Institute as Sudhoff explores attitudes towards sexual research.

04_Shock-ThreatsShock Threats, 2011

01_Circular-Calibration-Device-used-to-calibrate-instruments-used-to-measure-penile-circumference.Circular calibration device, 2011

02_Male-Vibrator-I.-Used-in-an-ongoing-project,-involving-over-100-men.-Frequency-set-at-about-50-HzMale Vibrator I, 2011

03_Vaginal-Photoplethysmograph-II.-Pychophysiological-device-which-measures-vaginal-blood-flow-indicating-the-level-of-sexual-arousal-in-womenVaginal Photoplethysmograph II, 2011

09_Penis-model-for-condom-applicationPenis model for condom application, 2011