With This Bone, I Thee Wed

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With This Bone, I Thee Wed
Do bone marrow rings spell happily ever hereafter?

boneIf you thought wearing a vial of blood to prove your devotion was creepy—a la Angie in her pre-Brad days, get this: Design And The Elastic Mind, a current exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, has two even more omigoth-ish trends on display.

While the exhibit isn't about personal relationships per se, but rather a multimedia meditation on humans' ever-changing love affair with technology, visitors will find such curious attractions as engagement rings grown from bone marrow cells and, from Spanish designer Ana Mir, a selection of goodies for the lovestruck, ranging from a cotton thread and human hair necklace, to Sweet Love foot jewelry, a bright, vaguely gummy-looking candy meant to eaten from between the toes of your beloved.

What my boyfriend and I craved after those insanely carnal approaches to love and devotion was an innocent antidote. And we found it in "I Want You To Want Me," an interactive exhibit which billed itself as an exploration of online dating. On a computerized screen in front of us floated hundreds of Pink and blue graphic balloons. Suspended from each of their pixelated strings was the photo of a lone online dater. Click on one, and a fragment of his or her profile would pop up.

"I am a beautiful woman looking for an honest man," opined one pink balloon.

"I am 24 years old and lonely," declared a blue one.

"I need somebody to love."

And so on.

The effect of these lonely hearts floating in a graphic void was beautiful, ephemeral—and oddly captivating. We stood rooted, for an hour, touching balloons, peering into people's lives, and thanking our lucky stars that we'd each found the other, two souls equally repulsed by the idea of wearing each other's bone marrow.