Body Image Vending Machine
After careful consideration of how to implement the idea previously noted, I have decided to use a vending machine as part of my emotional object. The vending machine represents food, and it is easily accessible for people – you are more inclined to pay for a snack when it is more accessible to you. However, how do I make people feel bad for eating what is in the vending machine? It will have different body types in display, and depending on what body type you want, it will give you the specific option needed. Hopefully this will be a good way to show people’s emotional output, since the food will show how it affects your body.
As for the vending machine itself, I have called and asked about a dozen people for a used vending machine but it is still to expensive. For the midterm class, I purchased a small fridge which dispenses drinks with a button function. This way I can prototype the machine the way I want it to.
It was a typical day – woke up, when to the gym, had my bowl of cereal and coffee, and walked to school. As I was walking to school I realized how the run that I just went on made me feel high, as happy as I could ever be; the endorphins must’ve kicked in. When I finally get to school I have a seat and start working on all my projects.
An hour or so goes by, and the clock has turned 12:00pm – lunch time. Everyone is microwaving their prep meals, or coming to school with food from nearby restaurants. The smell lingers in the area, and all I can think is “Fuck, I’m Hungry”. As I sit there trying to study, all i can think about is what can I go and get to eat. What is the healthier option? Should I go get a salad, or sushi? A smoothie or a sandwich? “I went on a run so technically I’m allowed to eat something”, I think to myself. I decided sushi.
As I am walking out of the building, I notice a red vending machine. I get closer, and look at the images on it. The pictures show different women with all shapes and sizes; short, tall, thin, curvy, full-figured, you name it. I question it for a brief moment, and then think to myself “What is my body type?”. Since I considered myself curvy, i wanted to go for thin. So I pressed the skinny little stick figure and out came a small little bag. Inside the bag were six almonds. “Six almonds??” Yes. Six almonds.