Chairs are fascinating for many reasons, most significantly (in my mind) because they are obvious stand-ins for the human body. I was fascinated by the ways in which different arrangements of chairs can facilitate, impede, or suggest particular human interactions. For example, consider two chairs positioned facing each other, close enough that the knees of the two people seated would be touching. What kinds of conversations might that arrangement prompt? Would it be comfortable or uncomfortable? Intimate or confrontational? Compare those two chairs with two different chairs, this time positioned at an angle to each other. How does body language shift? How does conversation change?
This book and its accompanying map examine those differences through the conceit of the constellation map. What kinds of stories can we project onto any individual arrangement of chairs? Who are the invisible bodies and what are they doing?
cyanotype, bookboard, tracing paper, glue
RESEARCH, BOOKBINDING, FURNITURE CONSTRUCTION