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The Bubble

 

the BUBBLE - selective awareness

(2016)

 
 
 
 

the BUBBLE - selective awareness

-> Essay

A provotype that seeks to lift a discussion

The Bubble is a design piece that attempts to visualize a complex issue that can be seen from many different perspectives. In the shape of a wearable bubble, used for instant aid when negative feelings over the refugee crisis affect your everyday life, it aims to illuminate how privileged people tend to be stuck in a bubble. The main purpose is to lift the discussion about the real victims of such crisis, but it is not as simple as that. Embedded in this piece there is also an undertone of something desirable, that could be of great relevance, but perhaps more appropriate in another context.

The Bubble is a fusion between fashion and product design in the shape of a wearable piece with the intention to provide instant aid when feelings over the refugee crisis affect your everyday life. It is designed as a piece of clothing to wear both in- and outdoors and it can easily be pulled over and off your head. It is provided with an in-built speaker playing soft natural sounds and the idea is that whenever you feel stress or anxiety you can activate The Bubble to escape reality, free your mind and find peace. When using The Bubble you step into a new dimension, a state of active selective awareness to the outer world. It is like distorted mindfulness, or at least a twisted version of it since it focuses on active avoidance of what is going on around you rather than having an open attention to the present as practiced in meditation to reach mindfulness.