14th September – 29th September
A Good Chair is a Good Chair, is a Good Chair
I sit at my desk, leaning back on my chair – an old orange, plastic moulded
school seat bolted to steel legs, the black powder-coating chipping away,
exposing the rusted interior – trying to think of ideas.
What constitutes a ‘good’ chair? It needs to function well; to steadily hold the weight of a sitting person (ideally comfortably). However, beyond this, it can consist of almost anything. It need not have four legs, or even necessarily a back. Can it be used to perform any other actions, or for any other purpose? When does a chair stop being a chair? Can I be a chair?
And what happens when the form of the chair, or any other object, begins to inhibit its functionality? If I can perform the same functions as the various pieces of furniture in my apartment by shifting my form, or position, do the objects themselves then become obsolete? If I become a lamp, a table, a pot plant, a clothes rack, or even a chair, can I do away with my furniture altogether?