The Museum for Contraception and Abortion has been involved in providing information on sexuality for over 15 years. Topics that are often not discussed at school. The history of contraception and control over one’s own fertility is a long one, and school education often does not go beyond the development of an egg and the use of a condom.
In order to visualize the significance of the decision on contraceptive methods we are currently building an interactive installation that will allow visitors to the museum to playfully deal with the topic “Damn it, how should I use contraception?”. Fed with data from several studies the result offers a realistic prognosis & statistics of costs & safety.
The problem with data is usually the representation in readable form. There are also different approaches to calculating the true costs of contraception and its safety. The standard model for the safety of a contraceptive method is the Pearl Index. Since the consequences of an unwanted pregnancy depend strongly on the social structure, our statistics are based on the results of several studies from all over the world.
Our aim was modest: Not another table with numbers! Touch. Feel. Experience. This has to be a real thing. The idea: Instead of informing about individual contraceptive methods, we take the life of the observing person as an example. You can place different contraceptive methods on a 60 year timeline and thus change the calculation. You can do so by choosing from 13 different 3D-printed objects – each one representing a contraceptive method or a desired child – and move them back & forth on a physical timeline that is almost 2 meters wide.
60 NFC readers are connected via custom-built circuit boards to an Arduino, which reads the codes from the NFC tags integrated in the 3D printed objects. The list of detected objects is then passed to a Rasperry Pi and displayed on two screens.