Helge Fischer
Safe Cuddling

When touched for too long an alarm goes off: flashlights and bells!

Technical diagram, girl's version

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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, first gently hinting at potential ambiguities, finally assertively reminding the parent or care-taker and others around of their responsibility.

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?

Project Credits
Photographs: Ann Simon
Interviews: Charlotte Jarvis
Thanks to: Milan Methney

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