‘HOSPITAbLe: New Domestic Landscape’ – Exhibition of Professor Paul Chamberlain’s furniture opens at Sheffield’s Yorkshire Artspace on 03 September 2018
Taking place alongside major international conference Design4Health, HOSPITAbLe is a collection of furniture created by Professor Paul Chamberlain that reflects upon and challenges an ambiguous future domestic landscape that presents hybrid functionality and confused visual language and soundscape.
The challenge society faces in providing future healthcare suggests radical changes to the way health services are delivered and the way we engage with these changes. There is recognition that this is likely to demand more self-care and the shift of care from hospital to home. The home and hospital bring together very different cultural practices and environments and the inexorable geographical shift in care has potential to impact on our physical and emotional relationship with our home space.
A transient world of familiar but alien objects that not only challenge trust, but prohibit control and access.
New objects defined by emerging technologies that at times attempt to hide and camouflage.
The definers and providers of these future objects being ever more concerned with our health and safety, nudging us into behavioural change but fearful of litigation.
An interconnected landscape within which, access to health data and information is ubiquitous, incomplete and confusing.
Objects that help, support, betray and confront our own mortality.