The 3. Prize was awarded to Gordan Savicic (at) for his project "Constraint City: The Pain of Everyday Life".
'Constraint City' is a critical performance in urban space that can be individually repeated by wearing a jacket consisting of straps equipped with motors and a ‘wi-fi enabled gaming console’. The motors tighten the straps when an enclosed wi-fi network is detected: the better the wi-fi signal is the tighter the jacket becomes and the more bruises its wearer is marked with. First of all, 'Constraint City' stands as a sarcastic contribution to the discussion of ‘locative and wearable media’. Secondly, the author rightfully links the project into the tradition of psychogeography (schizogeography in his version), philosophising pleasure and pain, and considering the ‘freedoms’ of everyday life. The technical necessity of wearing the jacket on the naked chest adds some unexpected dimensions of gender. The object itself presents a new genre, a mixture of a fashion object, technical device, low tech and DIY exponent, sex toy, computer toy and a wearable media gadget, all threaded by their relation to the architecture of cities and networks and politics of everyday life. Remixing activist and Nokia-style discussions, physical pain and a wondering engagement, the project evokes a wide range of emotional-intellectual answers.