Helge Fischer short profile

name

Helge Fischer (hfischer)

 

location

http://www.hfischer.info

 

mail

mail@hfischer.info

 

country

germany

 

university

Royal College of Art

 

department

Interaction Design

 

university address

Kensington Gore
SW7 2 EU London

 

university country

united kingdom

 

url

http://www.interaction.rca.ac.uk

 

id

0011068

 

title

Safe Cuddling

 

professor(s)

Dunne & Raby

 

rank

1600

 

tags

3d design film interaction design

 

year of making

2010

 

project url

http://www.hfischer.info/safecuddling.html

 

uploaded

2010-08-10 13:18:55

 

The suit allows for the innocent cuddling of children by helping adults to maintain their integrity. When the child wearing the suit is touched for too long or in inappropriate areas an alarm goes off (flashlights & bells!), first gently hinting at potential ambiguities, finally assertively reminding the parent or care-taker and others around of their responsibility.

I then went out and showed the design proposal to parents, child minders and a child protection professional. What was originally intended as an ironic comment became a lot more complex. The suit acted as a tool to spark debate about rational and irrational fears, about risks, technology, the media and attitudes within society towards children's safety.

Does our desire to eliminate uncertainties and avoid risk lead us to become even more fearful? Can humour be an appropriate tool for challenging dark and uncomfortable social issues?

Safe Cuddling project info
 
Projects from Helge Fischer
Display of Affection

0011066

1598
Safe Cuddling

0011068

1600
Pataphysical Gut Feeling Validation

0011069

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