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


Center for Beyond Wellness: Guide to Self-Discipline Pacifier (Video, 00 :07: 05)


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. As the machine hugs and massages to please the body, it also evokes reflection about human’s vulnerability in the mode of human-machine intimacy. Combining sensorial therapy with visual taboo of neck constriction, SDP aims to help users cope with any existential crises and/or self-harming intents they may have. 

Center for Beyond Wellness investigate how touch-based interaction influences emotional stability and relief. It investigates how the spectrums of sensations that lie within and beyond the pleasure-pain binary, or the healthy-unhealthy binary, work as parts of comprehensive human experience. Through the sensual and emotional synergy between SDP and users, Center for Beyond Wellness affectively combines self-discipline, self-aggression, and self-care. It thereby prompts audiences to attend to their psychophysical sensibilities and complexities.


Excerpt from Pre-SDP Warm-up Self-Palpation

— Guide to Self-Discipline Pacifier (see video above for details):


“ Rest your hands on the corresponding sides of your neck

Slowly increase the pressure to provide comfortable support for the neck”



“ Cross your hands at the front of the neck

Rest the thumbs on the front of the neck, and the rest of the fingers on the sides of the neck

Then, slowly massage the neck by mimicking the cupping motion with your fingers”



“Buckle up the Self-Discipline Pacifier by snapping the magnet buttons together”



“ Press the button on the Self-Discipline Pacifier Control Box to begin the therapy”



“During the therapy, focus on your thoughts

your feelings

and your body rhythms”


To view the earlier version of Self-Discipline Pacifier (2018),

click on the link here.



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


March, 2019