During the first semester of my Master studies I discovered the origins of a ball gag – a device designed to be put in someone’s mouth during BDSM roleplay to have a control and to dominate the wearer. While learning the history of its shape, I found out that not only is it connected to a dog’s muzzle, but also reminds of a Scold’s Bridle. Used in the Middle Ages, the Scold’d Bridle was a metal cage, put on the heads of talkative wives or women accused of witchcraft, to humiliate them and to punish them in public. Ball gag was an object I have chosen in order to explore the silence in terms of being silenced. As a woman. As a person. As a human being.

After redesigning ball gag in 9 different ways, I decided to develop one of my ideas further and explore more about how this object might be connected to power structures.
My further explorations resulted in a set of universal stripes designed for making edible gags. ANY GAG consists of two silicone stripes and stainless steel screws. All of these are 100% food safe. The list of food, which can be attached to the stripes is endless and depends on the current mood of your dominatrix/dominant. Beware, Jalapeño fits the stripes perfectly.
ANY GAG can also be used to reverse the power disproportion by giving the wearer the ability to release her/him/themselves any time they want without asking the dominatrix/dominant for persmission.

explorations, konstfack, stockholm, 2018
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