From 2 to 31 October 2022, outstanding product and industrial design graduates from Germany’s most prestigious higher-education institutions in the field of art and design will be showcased at the Wasserpalais of Schloss Pillnitz (Riverside Palace of Pillnitz Palace) by the German Design Graduates initiative and its project sponsor the German Design Council, in cooperation with the Design Campus of the Kunstgewerbemuseum of Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD).
Body reflections of early childhood relational experiences for conscious stress regulation in adults Sophia Stoewer
Sophia Stoewer's thesis "Four Mothers" explores early childhood strategies for stress management in order to make them integrable for adults in everyday life. The resulting objects are tools that expand one's already existing pool of strategies for coping with stress: a super-heavy blanket simulates skin-like body pressure; a rhythmically purring, torso-shaped arm holds the body and regulates the frequency of the heartbeat; four different pieces of jewelry motivate sucking and thus stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system; a mirror always shows one a bit happier than one actually is and makes one evaluate situations more positively.
While the figure of the mother functions as a symbol for a primary caregiver associated with a sense of security and belonging, "Four Mothers" provokes questions about care work, affection and intimacy in times of physical distancing and digitalization.
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