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(Archive) Coping with Mechanisms

This project was part of DDW 2023
Giselle Dahm

“Coping with Mechanisms" is an art installation that addresses the recent rise of anxiety disorders among young adults and teenagers in the digital age. This project showcases the potential of meditative activities that counterbalance the negative effects of daily information overload.

Aim and Intention

Visitors are invited to reflect on their own mental well-being and explore alternative coping mechanisms, while listening to the hidden audio pieces inside the structure. The installation creates a serene environment where individuals can engage in the meditative qualities of activities like crocheting and knitting, as well as listen to young adults talk about coping and their experience with anxiety, with the countering anxiety-related audio environment.

By raising awareness about the impact of anxiety disorders and promoting the benefits of mindful crafts, “Coping with Mechanisms" aims to inspire conversations and action to address this pressing issue. It emphasizes the importance of finding a balanced relationship with technology while prioritizing mental health. Through this project, I hope to empower individuals, particularly the younger generation, to seek healthier ways to navigate the digital landscape and promote holistic well-being.

Graduation show ArtEZ Arnhem, July 2023 — © Nora Taher

Graduation show ArtEZ Arnhem, July 2023 — © Nora Taher