Machine Therapy

Machine Therapy takes two forms: a series of wearable body organs (comforting armors) that are incorporated and used by participants, and the facilitation of live-action psychoanalytic sessions (therapy sessions) with motorized machines. By accessing and vitalizing the interplay of people and machines through psychotherapeutic techniques, a social awareness is presented and individuals are invited to question and reinvent their own existence and their relationships with the machines sharing their space. The Wearable Body Organs are a series of very visible, spectacular or carnival-like play-use objects, devices, or equipments. They offer context-sensitive functionality for their wearers, while simultaneously announcing their own need for existence through public use (without being hidden and small, as is the trend with consumer gadgets and self-helping devices). The Machine Sessions are sometimes private and sometimes public engagements/experiments/performances.