There's a psychological condition called Relocation Anxiety that's caused by the transition from the familiar to the strange. I feel a bit of it as I shove myself headfirst into one of Chicago artist Huong Ngo's "escape pods," which are nestled in the Soap Factory's mossy stone grotto like a cluster of giant pterodactyl eggs. With a fan at the end and a network of Velcro at the head, the pods, made from FedEx envelopes, are designed to provide protection from hostile environments. They can also be disassembled into garments--two shirts and a skirt--which Ngo, looking like a space-age stewardess, wears as she ushers me into the pod's narrow opening. Inside, my anxiety wears off quickly, replaced by a womblike comfort. Bye-bye, outside world.... More >>>
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