Reframing Conventions (2013)

INTERVENING SPACE is about doing interventions with myself as a tool, as a performer in order to question a certain convention.

While researching our current conventions within the “boring” office space, starting with myself, 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 discovered that when we sit 8-11 hours a day, we have a till 40% increased chance on a premature death. Short video during research: conventions office culture.

Thus, I experienced what it really feels like to sit for eight hours in a row on the same chair. Insight: sitting is the new smoking. Sitting is killing us, and maybe smoking isn’t even that much worse than sitting, because the act that goes along with smoking, requires us to move our bodies.

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Some fragments from the sitting video:
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Founder of ‘Studio Zeitgeist’ and Trendwatcher Farid Tabarki mentioned me and part of my graduation project in his column in the Dutch newspaper ‘Het Financieele Dagblad.’

The link to the article.

FD Farid Tabarki column

© Lisette Ros
© Text Financieel Dagblad Farid Tabarki