Thursday Salute to Originals: Dancing Office Chairs

A composition is a sequence of steps and movements in a staged dance. A dance between reality and the imagination is the collaboration between Urs Fischer and Madeline Hollander. The pair has teamed up to produce the art installation PLAY. The show requires extensive computer programming with a series of sensors that puts on a visual display for viewers.

At first, it appears that the chairs have a mind of their own until you realize that you have become a part of an artistic exhibit. Color plays an important role in the world in which we live. Color can sway thinking, change actions, and cause reactions. As a powerful form of communication, essentially color is irreplaceable. Fischer states that “the seats all swivel and the wheels all roll, but the chairs have subtly different personalities. Some have armrests or headrests, and their hues (magenta, red, aqua) distinguish them, as well.”

PLAY also has a cynical side. It is simply non-complex and up to your interpretation. Fischer feels that contemporary art has to establish an explanation or purpose but with his exhibit, what you see is what you get. It can have a simplified or complex meaning (based on your perspective at the time), understanding that our interpretations change frequently depending on mood and circumstance.

This Thursday, we are saluting Urs Fischer and Madeline Hollander for their colorful choreography of chairs! Life moves at an unpredictable pace, we learn to adapt by putting our best foot (or chair) forward. It’s time to PLAY!

Sources: Urs Fischer, Madeline Hollander, Arte FuseThis is Colossal