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• Custom designed to hold your emotional baggage in political times\n \n• For an in-depth look at one of our suitcases, click on objects\n\n
Psychological Prostheics™ will design a suitcase to carry your emotional\nbaggage. You take a questionare, tell us about your baggage, and we'll design a one-of-a-kind suitcase, just for you. Available at training or by email
Corporate suitcase, 2007, Gallery 400, University of Illinois at Chicago
NT: Ours is a dualistic conversation; we are questioning normal standards of behavior when we offer the public the 30 Second Rant Recorder to activate outrage. In our invitation lies an assumption that it is normal to hide outrage, but we are also implying that there are reasons to be outraged in the present moment---so the project functions on two levels simultaneously. This is why we came up with PP Band Aid to repair apathy and bandage shame, offering the antithesis as an option. Part of any therapeutic process is to highlight the problems in order to help heal. We play with this duality -- are we healing the individual or the culture?
DHJ: The range of responses to the project and the degree of openness was so utterly different depending on the place -- Israelis came up to ask us what we were doing, then openly began to debate and disagree, the Swiss were much less willing to stop, the British accused us of calling them crazy (two teenagers) and an old lady suggested she was feeling fine and that we should save our products for those who really need them. While we were in Israel, the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip was just about to take place. Everyone in support of the withdrawal was wearing blue, and those against were wearing orange. These are the two colors of our objects (although we had no idea about this before we arrived), so it gave us a strong starting point from which to begin conversations.\n\nI think all emotional baggage is, of course, relative. This is where Nomi and I disagreed about our tag line: "Helping you handle your baggage in difficult times" was my idea, she wanted in "political times" because she believes that all times are difficult.\n\n