(PIO) is a series of low-tech participatory objects. They
are physical interfaces engineered to create meaningful
interaction with individuals in various public contexts.
Each object is a composite of various influences. PIO influences
include historical and mythological narratives, cultural
customs, market economies, and lifestyle, entertainment
and commercial technologies.
These objects are designed to ultimately promote curiosity
and participation for those that come in contact with them.
PIOs also challenge our all too prevalent responses of suspicion
and alarm that many foreign objects create. In recent years,
our governments have decreed freedom-limiting legislation
and in many public contexts - a heighten militarization.
There are fear-laden messages channeled daily throughout
the media as well. We have been indoctrinated to report
these things rather than curiously explore them ourselves.
FS recognizes that we live in world that requires a basic
sense of courage and trust in the people and objects that
we share our spaces with in order to be free and active.
It is also acknowledged that this trust has been horrifically
exploited. We do not want to minimize the reality of these
tragedies, nor do we condone these acts of aggression. Conversely,
we do not want to surrender our freedom to explore, examine,
create, share, confront, protest, and disseminate both ideas
and objects in our shared public realm.