slowLab (US/NL) and Martín Azúa Studio (ES) are pleased to co-present HUMAN CHAIR throughout the events of NY Design Week 2013.
A poignant and imaginative symbol of Slow design activism, a HUMAN CHAIR is a group of people coming together in a tight circle and carefully proceeding to sit on each other’s knees. They prop one on top of the other in friendship and fragile dependency, each person supporting the weight of another. The only ‘materials’ required are human bodies, shared space and the willingness to try!
In today’s ever-accelerating world, HUMAN CHAIR is a Slow reminder that personal encounters characterized by mutual trust and collaboration are not only good for the human spirit, but also are important tools for sensing and moving toward a richer, Slower, more sustainable future.
Amidst the frenzy of the New York design world celebrating the latest in material culture, HUMAN CHAIR helps people Slow down by demonstrating that some of the best things in life truly are free :)
Get involved >> - - - VOLUNTEER as a #slowhuman !! - - -
We are looking for people to help around NYC to facilitate the process. There are 3 easy steps:
1 > Stream the video on your smartphone, iPad or other device and show it to people around you...
2 > Coordinate a group in making a HUMAN CHAIR, encouraging experimentation (invent new ways to rely on each other!)...
3 > Take a picture or video and upload it to on.fb.me/12gadsN or wherever you choose.
>> IMPORTANT >> Make sure to use the hashtag #slowhuman
Let us know if you are joining in! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We'll make the first HUMAN CHAIR on May 19th at the event ‘CRAFTING DESIGN: A MAKESHIFT Chair Workshop’ at Build It Green!NYC in Brooklyn bit.ly/10szq00
Thereafter, during subsequent days and events, we hope to see this project continuing and multiplying around the city, with anyone and everyone self-empowered to create a HUMAN CHAIR!
slowLab is a nonprofit laboratory for Slow design thinking, learning and activism. Since 2003, it’s been the central catalyst of the Slow design movement: leading design research, hosting public dialogues and exhibitions, and developing academic projects. slowLab supports an international network of designers, artists, social and environmental innovators whose ways of thinking and working contribute to a richer, Slower, more sustainable world. slowLab was founded in New York City and is currently based in The Netherlands. The organization is currently building a Slow Design Knowledge Platform: igg.me/at/slowdesign
About Martin Azúa Studio
Born in the Basque Country, Martín Azúa now lives in Barcelona. Since 1995, he has worked as a industrial designer while carrying out experimental and investigative work that explores the emotional relations between people and objects and between objects and the environment. He has work in the collections of MoMA in New York, The Museum of Decorative Arts in Barcelona and The La Panera Centre of Art in Lleida. Martín Azúa first showed HUMAN CHAIR during the Salone del Mobile in April 2003. Today, 10 years on, this project is more relevant than ever. Learn more at martinazua.com
NOT IN New York City?
Make a HUMAN CHAIR in your own locality and upload it to share with us and others! Again, make sure to use the hashtag #slowhuman
You can also be a Slow Human by helping us spread the word! Forward this page to friends and family, and share on your social media.