PRISONERS' INVENTIONS
BY ANGELO AND TEMPORARY SERVICES

This project was a collaboration with Angelo, an incarcerated artist. He illustrated many incredible inventions made by prisoners to fill needs that the restrictive environment of the prison tries to supress. The inventions cover everything from homemade sex dolls, condoms, salt and peper shakers to chess sets. We collaborated on this project with Angelo for over two years. We had many additional collaborators who made a book, exhibition of re-created inventions and a prison cell possible. This page offers an overview of the project thus far.

"When first approached with the idea of illustrating examples of inmate inventiveness, I was skeptical, thinking that there would be little of real interest to depict. When I set my mind to the task, though, I recognized the surprising range of inventions and innovations that I had witnessed. I had just become so used to it all that the uniqueness no longer registered." Read the rest of Angelo's introduction.

WHERE TO SEE PRISONERS' INVENTIONS:

September 10 - December 2, 2007, Destroy Athens (Athens Biennial), Athens, Greece

April 7 - July 2, 2006, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco

December 9, 2005 - January 28, 2006, I-Space, Chicago

May 2005, Kunsthalle Fridericianium, Kassel, Germany

February 4 - 8, 2005, Transmediale Festival, Berlin, Germany

June 29 - Mid September, 2004, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain

April 2004, Sunderland University, Sunderland, UK

April 2004, Basekamp, Philadelphia, PA

March 8 - 27, 2004, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

December 2003 - March 2004, Lothringer 13, Munich, Germany

July 26 - October 12, 2003, Halle 14, Leipzig, Germany

March 2003 - March 2004, MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA

Hobby Hot Glue Dispenser

DRAWINGS OF INVENTIONS

View some of Angelo's original drawings.


Here are print ready images. They may only be used for non-commercial purposes.

Chess Set

RECREATED INVENTIONS

These inventions were recreated from Angelo's drawings and descriptions.

 

Cell

PRISON CELL REPLICA

Angelo asked us to make a life-size replica of his cell in order to give visitors a strong psychological context for the design and manufacture of the inventions.

THE BOOK

We made a book that contains all of Angelo's drawings and writings about the inventions he saw or made himself.

 

cell

INSTALLATION VIEWS

Mass Moca

Basekamp

Kunsthalle Fredericianium

CELL DRAWINGS

Angelo made highly detailed drawings of his cell so that we could easily make replicas of it.

VIDEOS

We made 4 short videos to demonstrate how the inventions are made and to show that they work.

READING AREA

We have been making reading areas to accompany Prisoners' Inventions. In it we present an interesting selection of some hard to find books from and about prison.

 

 

 

3 DIALOGS BOOKLET

This booklet contains three dialogs about Prisoners' Inventions.

Here are links to two of the interviews reprinted in the booklet:

'Prisoners' Inventions': An Interview with Temporary Services, by Craig Buckley

The Cell Block and the White Cube, by Jennifer Schmidt

 

MORE ABOUT PI:

Ingenuity Helps Prisoners Cope, by Noah Shachtman, Wired News


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