Floatable Life-preserver for Operating in Public (FLOP)

tags: future, object, failure


Floatable Life-preserver for Operating in Public is an 18-foot inflatable meant to save the lives of two people who don’t want to get too near each other. Playing off of Hollywood disaster narratives, the Southern California drought, and the actual impending doom of rising sea levels, FLOP offers a dysfunctional solution to imaginary and future problems. The solution is dysfunctional in both its lack of flotation efficacy and its absurd length; users approximate the distance of drivers on the freeway more than survivors of a disaster. FLOP existed as an interactive installation, and a performative demonstration by the artist and a volunteer.