Honorable Mention TOKYO-2017 Portfolio / Fine Art_PO

Devices for Protection + Defense

  • Photographer
    Hillerbrand + Magsamen

The project Devices creates fictional mechanisms to cope and survive in turbulent and unpredictable times. We are creating a new mythology for these objects that can be employed during times of need. Using our family as the core subjects in this project we have created simple objects with everyday materials such as plastic bags, tape, twine and aluminum foil which we then activate through actions that are photographed and documented. This project is inspired after living through two major hurricanes in Houston, TX where we have accessed our “hurricane preparedness box” in search of items needed during the hurricanes like flashlights, sandbags and plastic tarps. We have taken this idea and adapted it into more personal and abstract concepts. Devices we have created include: Device for Empathy, Device for Growing Old, Device for Understanding A Teenager or Device for Saying Goodbye.