Disabled Chair

A robotic armchair with casters and a wheelchair. Prototypes, 2014 - 2018
Samuel Bianchini


Electronic and software development (programming of “behaviors”): Didier Bouchon
Development of the tracking and mapping systems (Slam): Colin Bouvry
Material production: Adrien Bonnerot

Developed and prototyped as part of the research project “Behavioral Objects” of the Reflective Interaction Group of 'EnsadLab (laboratory of The École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs - PSL University)

Special thanks to Emmanuel Mahé, Filipe Pais, Emanuele Quinz, Nicolas Reeves

 


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Disabled Chair, prototype #2, 2018
During the event “We are not the number we think we are”, at The Cité internationale des arts, Paris, February 2018
Photos : © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP

 


Two armchairs are in the same space: an empty room or stage. One of them is an armchair with casters, an office chair, a chair belonging to someone who makes important decisions. The other one is a wheelchair for disabled people. Alone, the first chair moves slowly at a varying and hesitating pace. It seems that it goes towards the other one, in order to be close to it, even to push it, but fails nearly each time it tries to do so. The office chair seems coarse, it seems to have a difficult time moving. When it finally pushes the wheelchair, it gets away very clumsily, as if it was overwhelmed by doubt and uncertainty. The second chair, for disabled people, cannot move by itself. It waits to be pushed. Its symbolic power pervades the whole stage and reinforces the uncertainty of disability.






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Disabled Chair, prototype #2, 2018
During the event “We are not the number we think we are”, at The Cité internationale des arts, Paris, February 2018
Photos : © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP





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Disabled Chair, prototype #1, 2014
Prototype produced in the framework of a research-creation residency at Hexagram / Concordia University, organized by the NXI Gestatio / UQÀM team, with the help of Conseil québécois de coopération franco-universitaire.
Concordia University, Montréal, novembre 2014
Photo et vidéo : © Samuel Bianchini - ADAGP