Anti Chair Movement
film | protest | performance | dance objects
The Anti Chair Movement strives to liberate the object of its proposed function.
A protest against the contemporary method of designing chairs and the way we look at them; A collection of danceable chairs that can be exhibited or used in a performance; A film in which chairs are the dance partner.
Our guidelines are:
To look with the freest mind at objects.
To not seek answers, but to question.
To actively engage with objects, through a two-way relationship.
To analyse your own position towards the object, and never apply generalizations.
To fully commit and to surprise yourself.
A chair is an archetypical object within the design landscape. Chairs seem to be sitting objects, but they are used in many ways and for different purposes. People have the creativity to find new functions. For example, at weddings people sometimes put a nameplate on a chair, which represents a person that has recently passed away. In a way the chair becomes a person. The chair is also an element of play. In Japan, the office chair Grand Prix race is organized. Office chairs are used as vehicles to race against each other. While a chair is often associated with physical passivity, it can also make people move.
The anti chair movement resulted in a collection of dance chairs. To move with chairs is to actively engage with the objects. "We asked the chair to dance". We firmly believe that objects reflect the way we treat them. If we look with different eyes, we can build long-term relationships with our objects.