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Chair Anatomy (collection of six)

Ball, Ralph and Taylor, Maxine (2008) Chair Anatomy (collection of six). [Art/Design Item]

Type of Research: Art/Design Item
Creators: Ball, Ralph and Taylor, Maxine

In this study ordinary, everyday stacking chairs were reconfigured to ask questions about our relationship to utility, familiarity and perception. The project investigates how reflective design articulated directly through artefacts may be used rhetorically to bring sustainable issues and a revaluing what we already have into critical focus. It comprised of 6 chair re-construction studies using a standard, injection moulded, plastic, shell chair mounted on steel frame. A common and universally familiar chair type found everywhere. Using an experimental method analogous to archaeology, common chair forms metaphorically lost from awareness because of their anonymous ubiquity were subject to a kind of anatomical dissection, deconstruction in order to visually rediscover them. The resulting inventory of parts formed the basis of speculative modification and reassembly. Speculations were rigorously situated within the examined object’s specific nature and function. This strategy generated new, highly visible chair constructs embodying clearly validated, authentic visual narratives. Cross-section cuts and reassemblies re-present in visual narrative, the elegant utility of the generic stacking and linking function.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 16 October 2008
Related Websites: http://www.englandgallery.com/Exhib_Chair_Poetics_2009.htm, http://www.vincon.com/es/indeterminate-cases.html
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Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Indeterminate Cases Ralph Ball and Maxine Naylor, La Sala Vincon, Barcelona, Spain16 October 200815 November 2008
Chair Poetics Envisioning Anonymity Ralph Ball and Maxine Naylor Venue, England & Co, London,UK 19 September 2009 - 30 November 2009September 200930 November 2009
Material/Media: standard, injection moulded, plastic, shell chair mounted on steel frame
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2013 10:16
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2013 10:16
Item ID: 5900
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/5900

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