The Failures series addresses fear in domestic space in the context of homeland security and disaster preparedness. Investigating personal relationships and a post-9/11 North American anxiety through ikea furniture and DIY solutions, this series challenges how we define crisis. How do we brand ourselves as “safe”? What are we producing/consuming as a culture that makes us feel secure? Who are the cultural authorities that create symbols of safety- and how do these symbols affect our most intimate moments of communication. And what happens, both personally and culturally, when these symbols of safety fail.

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