Object Screening File #373 A & B
This is an edited file from our archives showing the process of Object Screening with each one of our clients. The client and the type of screening question are specified in the video file.
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The following is a collection of object screening sessions. These are the complete transcripts of 5 OBCO clients that can be viewed in the video file at the top of this page. Lives of Objects

Object screening is a crucial process for compression. The objects found in the house are screened for value, function and role in order to optimize the choices made for final compression. The criteria goes as follows:


- Value is the worth of the object in relation to somebody's experience with it. We target the essential concepts that make the item important for the client. Primary need or want is defined in this stage, where need means survival and want, desire.


- Is the usage of the object e. g. decorative, work, kitchen, clothing. It's important to know where the object lives and functions as these reveal hints of the character of the person and the type of interactions they prioritize when it comes to objects and their value.


- Is the performance of the object e. g practice, ritual, illusion, routine. The role that objects play in people's lives is of utmost relevance. Roles can fulfill moments, people and even functions that were not meant to be performed by the object in the first place.
During the screening, objects are evaluated in a scale of importance for the owner. The objects found to be at the bottom of the value scale are put to incineration. The ones remaining at the top will be processed to target the “key segments which will be extracted and placed with the other key segments of other objects for compression. The rest of the object is put to incineration as well. The key segment is the part of the object that can make up for the whole. The segment doesn't necessarily have to be physical, it can be a form or a concept inherent of the object. This process is carefully designed so that the final compressed item is built by the most relevant and valuable parts of the highest selected objects.

One on One Evaluation

To get a precise and clear idea of the value, function and role we ask you, one on one, three essential questions to proceed to incineration and compression:

1. On a scale from one to ten, what is your attachment to objects/belongings?

2. If your house was caught on fire right now, what are the five objects you would take with you and why?

3. Name three objects that embody you.

These questions are designed to extract the core of importance for defining compression and give us an idea of the key segments that will be selected for your final piece, process that also occurs in a one on one basis.