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> imitating intimacy is a project about how products can
replace human relationships. The project consist of
three products; a shoulder patter, a silicone hand to
hold when you are lonely and an inflatable hug
when you need comfort.
The focus of this project is the absurdity of consumers and human beings becoming more used to fulfilling needs for intimacy through both services and products. These basic human needs are being commodified into products and services such as huggers, sex toys, websites (e.g. rentafreind.com) and robots.
In other words non sexual intimate aspects of human relationships is being transformed into products and services that are replacing the necessity of relationship.
This project is meant as a cynical comment on this phenomenon that has been more prevalent in the recent years. This project seeks to explore the possibilities of this phenomenon becoming a commodity of our everyday life.