Sex and dentistry: I made a fellatio prosthetic for my mouth
Dentist-turned-artist Kuang-Yi Ku wants to change the way we think about medicine – and our mouths – with custom sex prosthetics. Frank Swain
tried it out
To my right, a woman with pink hair is struggling to keep a cup of goopy blue silicone in her mouth. To my left, a man is fashioning tiny nipples from alginate. Around us all are eyeless dummies with mouths gaping in silent laughter at the scene. We’re in the dentistry school lab at King’s College London, which has been taken over for the day by Taiwanese artist Kuang-Yi Ku
for his Fellatio Modification Project.
The workshop is part of a new exhibition in London by Science Gallery – a network of exhibition spaces focussed on art-science collaborations. The exhibition, called Mouthy: Into the Orifice
, features a collection of installations, activities and lectures to explore the world of all things oral-maxillary. Having worked as a dentist for six years, Ku is now producing speculative design projects at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Science doesn’t have a great track record
when it comes to incorporating human sexuality into research and practice. Dentistry, for example, considers three functions for the oral cavity: aesthetics, pronunciation and mastication. “There is another function, sex, which is never mentioned in the textbooks,” says Ku. “I’m from the gay community and I realised that the medical school is a very patriarchal system,
very serious, and the professors are very traditional, particularly in Asian countries. So I wanted to approach that relationship.”
Instead of treating disease and restoring normal function to the mouth, Ku imagines dentists enhancing it along one particular line, the act of performing fellatio. To do this, he created retainers which offer a more intense sexual experience for your (male) partner. ...