Lost and Helpless (2017)

What would you do if random objects on the streets asked you to do something for, or with them? Our fascination for this project came from giving life to inanimate objects. What makes people help non-living creatures when they are in need of help? How much does size, material, movement, audio, and human-like features matter?

We have done several tests with different kind of objects to see which would stimulate a passerby the most. The white box asked people to play twister with him. The chair lost his living room and wanted to be brought back. The locomotive wanted to be reunited with his wagons. We also did some tests with stuffed animals, paper notes, stickers and park benches. All of the objects had different kind of reactions and interactions. Some were more successful than others.

This project was a collaboration with Nieneke Hartogsveld and Lisa Lambregts