Soul Recovery Systems (2009)

Soul Recovery Systems (aka SRS) is a free emotional garbage disposal service providing people with an opportunity to rid themselves of objects that hinder their lives. Once objects are "released" to SRS, a photograph of each object, reasons for release, and videos of each object release are uploaded to the SRS digital landfill where the less burdened can view their once hindering objects in digital form.

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Soul Recovery Systems is an interactive, creative and free emotional garbage disposal service providing people with an opportunity to rid themselves of objects that hinder their lives. SRS accepts objects in any form as long as there are sincere emotional connections attached to them. That said, all objects given to SRS must include an Object Release Form where the releaser must enter their reason for desired disposal. Once objects and reasons for disposal have been received, they are put under intense observation for SRS to determine the best possible method of release. In the end, a photograph of each object, reasons for release, and videos of each object release are uploaded to the digital landfill where the less burdened can view their once hindering objects in digital form.

Partners in cozy crime and collaborators, Felicity Fenton and Michael T. Hensley, conceived SRS one spring day while thumping along the rice pattied mountains of Sapa. At the time they were discussing the wonders hiking does for the brain, and related it to taking out the trash in one’s soul. The discussion then spiraled into a series of ideas about things that often clutter the soul, objects being the heaviest bearer of this emotional clutter. To initiate SRS and more fully understand the free service SRS offers, Felicity and Michael purged several objects from their own lives that harbored painful memories or other associations. Their recently disposed objects along with other folks’ disposed objects can be viewed on the SRS Digital Landfill.

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