Cough, Spit, Swallow

Mark Augustine and Joseph Carr

Culture is the beam of light flowing through the built environment and it is the medium that bends the stream of architecture and design. Cough, Spit, Swallow (2018) depicts three conventional sites of ritualized physical contact (intimacy) that have created unique, specialized, and broadly recognizable furniture: the exam table, the dental chair, and the glory hole. The work both satirizes conventional propriety and shows us a method of reading the messages inscribed in the seemingly mundane.

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Mark Augustine is a full-time faculty member in the First Year Experience at the Maryland Institute College of Art. He holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests include gendered and sexed spaces, the built environments of intentional communities, post-colonial architecture, and the academic study of religious history. More of his work can be found at http://www.mark-augustine.com and on Instagram: marchitektur.

A filmmaker and multimedia designer working and teaching in Baltimore, Joseph Carr received an M.F.A. in Studio from the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His creative interests are in technical photography, scientific illustration, and documentary. For the past several years, he has taught first year courses in art, design, and art history at the Maryland Institute College of Art. More of his work can be found on Instagram: biopoiesis.

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