Ergonomic Futures, 2016—
Furniture, website

Commissioned by the 11th Gwangju Biennale and Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris

Ergonomic Futures is a multi-part project, which asks questions about body normativity through the lens of speculative evolution. Specifically, this work comes out of interviews with paleo-anthropologists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. To each I have asked: What are future scenarios for imagining new types of human bodies, and how might these bodies cast relief on conversations about “fitness” and ability in the present day? Working from my interviews, I am making different types of ergonomic seating for these future bodies, which will serve as functional “benches” in fine art and natural history museums. Additionally, I have designed a standalone website, featuring my first ever piece of online literature, which draws upon the aforementioned interviews.

View website: www.ergonomicfutures.com

Video documentation of lecture at e-flux, October 18th 2016

Interview with Anna Colin, Dis

 



Furniture designed in collaboration with Bureau V

Website designed in collaboration with Luke Gould and Afonso Martins

Gwangju furniture made of walnut and composite wood veneer
Fabricated by Yong Chul Kim

Paris furniture made of cast fiberglass and Soft Touch coating
Produced by Dirk Meylaerts and Aude Mohammedi Merquiol of Fondation d'enterprise Galeries Lafayette
Manufactured by Creaform, France

Back-end of website www.ergonomicfutures.com
Front-end of site Installation View: The 11th Gwangju Biennale, curated by Maria Lind This veneer is made out of recycled wood, so the wood patterns are entirely fictional.       Installation View: Faisons de l’inconnu un allié (Joining Forces with the Unknown), Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris