Take Your Seats: an interdisciplinary practice research event curated by Liz Pavey investing the relationship between chairs, sitting and embodiment

Elizabeth Pavey, Sarah Morehead, Jane Arnfield, Paula Turner, David Atkinson, Solomon Lennox, Tim Rubidge, Lucy Pagliaro, Kira Street, Angela Kennedy (Illustrator), Denise Kerr, John Kefala-Kerr, Karen Rann, Caroline Hoile, Martin Hoile, Helen Blades, Gill Hubbold, Teresa Driscoll, Bethany Bratby, Amelia Eatough

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Abstract

Take Your Seats was a day-long public event curated by Liz Pavey which took place at the Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. It brought together performers, artists, designers, crafts people and specialists in body/mind practices. Through performances, installations, talks, and a participatory workshop facilitated by Liz, the event encouraged reflection on the interrelationship of sitting and sitting affordances to somatic awareness, embodiment and wellbeing. Alongside playfulness, this interdisciplinary event offered performance of and public participation in slowness and stillness, being and contemplation in sitting. It included the screening of short films showing the work of innovative chair designer Peter Opsvik and research by Dr. Erik Rietveld and collaborators on ‘The End of Sitting’. The event offered attendees opportunity to reflect on the everyday act of sitting asking questions such as: How much of your life do you spend sitting? What do you choose to sit on? What does your favourite chair say about you? What is your experience of the seats life gives us – at work, on transport, in social settings….? Could you live without chairs?
Original languageEnglish
TypeCurated event
Publication statusPublished - 6 Feb 2016

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