Luciano, Miguel

Born 1972, Puerto Rico
Lives in New York


"Cuando las Gallinas Mean" (“When Hens Pee”) is a Puerto Rican saying meant to silence children: “You can speak again when the hens pee.” And chickens never pee—except for the one in Luciano’s vending machine. After the viewer inserts a quarter, the plastic hen rotates, pees, and releases one of 500 eggs, containing prizes. The vending machine greets visitors upon entering the gallery, and anchors a complex and highly interactive process creating and propagating countless democratic mini-brands. The actual prizes—buttons expressing thoughts and ideas that today are not ordinarily voiced—are generated and designed in a charrette (a solution-driven workshop) with Parsons students.


Thursday, October 16
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery
Charrette with Miguel Luciano and Parsons class:
9:00 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
Presentation: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Both events open to the public

Miguel Luciano’s work considers self-censorship and self-imposed silence. In this charrette, Luciano works with students to explore one basic question: What do you feel unable to express? The responses to this question are translated into visual expressions: with computers and semi-automatic button making machines, the students design and produce their own pin back buttons. These buttons are deposited in Luciano’s installation piece, "Cuando las Gallinas Mean" ("When Hens Pee"), a repurposed vending machine, where they will eventually find their way to unsuspecting “consumers.”

At 6:30 p.m., a short film on political propaganda and election paraphernalia is screened, followed by the official unveiling of the buttons designed by the students.

This charrette is hosted by Parsons faculty members Charles Goldman and Carlos Teixeira.

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Cuando las Gallinas Mean (When Hens Pee) 2003

Coin-operated vending machine, with chicken and eggs

67” x 35” x 32”, Edition 1 of 2

Courtesy the artist