An art installation in Sydney dispenses snack-size activity packets to promote mental and emotional wellbeing

Visitors to Sydney's Central Business District can try out a vending machine art installation that dispenses health-promoting “mind food” instead of the typical candy and chips. Intangible Goods, a project by artists Elizabeth Commandeur and Mark Starmach, are packets that are designed to address specific psychological needs. Themed around higher needs like “connection” and “imagination,” they include items like maps, pencils, notes and activity prompts to promote belonging, reassurance, friendship, bravery, structure, chill, spontaneity and more.

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Artists and mental health professionals convened to design this interactive work of art, encouraging people to take time out of their busy days to tune into and address their emotional needs, which sometimes can go overlooked. The vending machine will move around different locations in Sydney's CBS, where people can try out the mind food for $1.50 a piece.

Intangible Goods

Visitors to Sydney's Central Business District can try out a vending machine art installation that dispenses health-promoting “mind food” instead of the typical candy and chips. Intangible Goods, a project by artists Elizabeth Commandeur and Mark Starmach, are packets that are designed to address specific psychological needs. Themed around higher needs like “connection” and “imagination,” they include items like maps, pencils, notes and activity prompts to promote belonging, reassurance, friendship, bravery, structure, chill, spontaneity and more.