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'“ A neck therapy to help you deal with existential crises and/or any self-harming intents.”

 

Center for Beyond Wellness: Guide to Self-Discipline Pacifier

 

Center for Beyond Wellness features Self-Discipline Pacifier (SDP), a neck-worn therapeutic device for psychophysical pacification. SDP inflates and deflates rhythmically to exert moderate pressure on the neck. It thereby externalizes any existential crisis and/or self-harming intents the users may have. SDP actuates the interchangeability of pain and pleasure, transgression and intimacy, the unhealthy and healthy feelings of body. Through the sensual and emotional synergy between SDP and users, Center for Beyond Wellness subjects users to the practice of self-discipline and ecstasy to offer self-aggression and self-care at once.

 
 
 
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Center for Beyond Wellness proposes to investigate how cutaneous interaction arouses cathartic emotional release. It highlights how the spectrums of sensations encompassed by and beyond the pain-pleasure binary serves as parts of comprehensive human experience. Integrating body-sensitizing touch therapy and socially-tabooed physical intimacy, the installation experience explores ways of affectively influencing audiences to attend to their psychophysical sensibilities and complexities.

 
 
 

Excerpt of Pre-SDP warm up session:

Rest your hands on the corresponding sides of your neck

 
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Credits:

Planning, direction, production, software and hardware development: Snow Xu

Video Direction: Jas Brooks

Photographer: Ann Yu

Poster Design: Jas Brooks, Snow Xu

Sound: Solfeggio-417-518-Peace by the very Real Horst

 
 
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To be continued, March 2019