Compeditation

2006

Compeditation, attached stools with a table for resting the users' right hands, is a system that takes an action that many people pursue for personal and spiritual reasons and recasts it as something wholly different. By using biometric sensors (galvanic skin response, pulse rate monitors, and thermistors) that are more usually a part of lie detectors or medical equipment, the effect of meditation on the body is considered in a vacuum.

Meditation is not usually thought of as something competitive, but rather as something that is done for its own sake. Compeditation takes meditation and strips it down to biological indicators, controlling a game. The winner is the competitor who remains the calmest. Reframing serene meditation as a high-pressure competition brings issues of emotional control to the forefront.

With Piama Habibullah and Matt Fargo

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