FILMMAKERS

AfterShock: Marine Life Emergency Pillow

artist/filmmaker:  Jennifer Zackin 1923 Pillow, Marine Life Saving Belt and the Like, M.M. Dessau  U.S. Patent no. 1,470,598 Aftershock references the 1923 U.S. pillow patent Marine Life Saving Belt and the Like. Conceived to raise awareness about the 2010 B.P. oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the state of emergency…
Plant Press Pillow

Plant Press Pillow

artist/filmmaker:  James Walsh 1925 Combination Automobile Cushion and Pillow, E. A.Eiband  U.S. patent no. 1,540,685 This pillow is designed to further the fieldwork of the amateur or professional botanist. It suggestively serves both as a plant press and as a napping pillow for the weary collector of botanical specimens.
Pillow Pods

Pillow Pods

artist:  Lauren Kogod filmmakers:  Takeshi Fukunaga & Owen Donovan 1966 Mortician’s Block, C.W. Rector  U.S. patent no. 3,234,623 Alluding to a U.S. patent for a “device by the use of which the mortician can maintain limp body elements of a corpse–head, arms, and feet, in particular–in a desired attitude,” The Infinite Pillow is constructed…
Orieller: Listening Pillow

Orieller: Listening Pillow

artist/filmmaker:  Alyce Santoro 1964 LIstening Pillow, C.L. McLean, U.S. patent no. 3,141,179 Inspired by a patent filed in 1964 for a Listening Pillow, an apparatus to facilitate listening to music in stereo while lying on one’s side, this design has been updated considerably to appeal to modern, nature-deprived audiences. Worn as…