I was one of the selected members of the 26 successful projects of the IFFTI [International Fashion Foundation] Polimoda Conference 2015, held in Florence, Italy. The project that was selected was ‘INTERVENING SPACE: Reframing conventions’:
While researching our current conventions within the “boring” office space, I focused on an individual action that is collectively applicable: the act of sitting. The first thing we do after arriving at the office is take a seat behind our desks. We even relax nowadays by sitting down and playing with our digital devices. After research I found out that when we sit 8-11 hours a day, we have a till 40% increased chance on a premature death.
Thus, I experienced how it is to sit for eight hours in a row on the same chair. Exhibition work, click here to see the entire performance video: 8 hour sitting performance.
Conclusion: sitting is the new smoking. Sitting is killing us, and maybe smoking is even better than sitting, because the act that goes along with smoking, requires us to move our bodies.
INSTALLATION AND LIVE PERFORMANCE, ITALY
I created a new installation and added an extra value within my space that was located in the beautiful, historical Opera di Santa Croce in the old city centre of Florence. As always, the realization of my installation and performance was guided by the space and architecture that was available.
I made a combination between the original performance video and original situation in dialogue with the Real; the exact same situation and live performance. I added an interactive part in which there was the option for visitors to come sit with me, on the opposite side of the ticking clock. In attempt to let people really feel within their bodies what it feels like to sit down, and to make them realize [through the ticking clock] that we are doing this for 6 to 8 to 11 hours per day. Confronting.
Amongst others, like Diane Pernet, Patrick de Muynck and Jane Rapley, I was also part of the last ‘In conversation with’ panel discussion about fashion, design and education. Watch the compilation here.
And watch the beautiful video made for the ‘performances’ section here.
Photos from left side of my installation [12 meters] to the right side of the space and installation [walking route].
EYE X MICHELANGELO ANTONIONI EXHIBITION
For the opening of the exhibition about Michelangelo Antonioni at EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam, I specifically focused on boredom and the experience of time to this existing concept. In advance, I got interviewed by the EYE EXPOSED team. Read the full interview here [sorry, only in Dutch].
© Lisette Ros