Leather, aluminum, plastic, and electronics
1 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 5 7/8" (4 x 16 x 15 cm)
This device, a collar designed to be worn around the neck, ties mobile-phone activity to the practice of erotic asphyxiation. With each phone call or text message, whether or not it is picked up or responded to, the collar tightens. The callers and senders are unaware of the game but still part of it. The pleasure and pain of being constantly sought after—normally expressed with frequent neurotic glances at our device screens and by hypocritical and empty complaints about feeling drained—are embodied by Gunnar Green in a sadomasochistic contraption that subtly demonstrates one of the tenets of contemporary interaction. The wearer can loosen the collar at any time by pulling a string.