Performance art takes on a more literal meaning this weekend in San Francisco as Spy Emerson, an Oakland-based artist, tests a social experiment called The Hook-up Truck.
Participants who want to have sex-on-wheels for an hour can rent the truck and avail themselves of its special features, including safe-sex supplies, temperature controls, and the option to record their session.
But there's no bedding. “There’s a bench and a handle, like a bar you hold on to. It’s designed to keep clean, so we just wipe everything down. I have bleach and this green stuff, I have disinfective wipes. I guarantee that this is cleaner than BART or any public bathroom that anyone has used recently,” the artist told TIME.
Emerson got her idea for the sex-mobile after hearing stories about her Grindr-using friend having sex in driveways and behind cars. And, even though its inception was based on the need for spontaneous casual-sex activities, she notes that even single mothers to husbands and wives looking for a surprise anniversary gift are signing up for her service.
Though it's free this weekend, Emerson plans on taking her act to other cities, where she'll then charge $75 for 30 minutes or $2,500 for a five-hour party rental. She also encourages users to take before, during, and after photos of their sessions, which she plans on showcasing at this year's Art Basel.