I was asked by The Playing Circle to do a residency of one day at the Vaudeville Theatre location of The Loft. No visitors, no people around me, all by myself and with the purpose to spread and expose this work on the online channels afterwards.
In continuation, I started disrupting our build-up sitting time more often to change our sitting behavior in the meeting space of The Loft. Simply said: I sat on every spot in The Loft that was possible, on repeat. The interior in The Loft points out towards the convention of sitting; the large meeting table, the lounge area, the lunch area and the windowsills. I tried to look through that and created a continuous, physically active routing in which I sat on all the other spots left as well.
We are forced to sit down in these kinds of spaces, because the inter-architecture and our fixed, old behavior tell us to. What if it would be the norm for us to have high standing furniture and spots to lean, lay, walk and bend? Then we definitely would sit a lot less. And what if it would be the norm for us to be in physical motion constantly?
This work has been exhibited by Straight Through The Wall, NYC, USA during Corona-quarantine times in April 2020.
Read the blogpost from The Loft here.
I also extended my research to the act of sitting and sitting design, because I wanted to experience what kind of emotion and/or what kind of person I became on any of the different regular sitting spots. What do I feel like on which spot? What does this say about my identity, the identity of the society and why? Questions I raise while doing this continuous visual research.
© Lisette Ros
© Photos by Marieke Gras