‘New Domestic Landscapes’ – Professor Paul Chamberlain opens exhibition in Prague exploring the geographical shift of healthcare

Banner image of New Domestic Landscapes exhibition by Paul Chamberlain at Galerie UM in Prague

Professor Paul Chamberlain, Professor of Design and head of the Art & Design Research Centre at SHU, will be opening an exhibition titled New Domestic Landscapes at Galerie UM in Prague on 26 October 2017, running until 02 December. It is an exploration of the implications of the geographical shift of healthcare and the culture and practice of health interventions that have previously resided within the domain of the hospital infiltrating what has been the private space of the home. The exhibition coincides with one of the largest international design festivals in Central Europe, Designblok, the Prague International Design Festival.

New Domestic Landscapes – Geographical shift of healthcare
The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
Galerie UM Prague
Opening on 26 October at 6PM
Exhibition runs until 02 December 2017

Mondays to Saturdays 10AM – 6PM
Free entry

The challenges society faces in providing future healthcare suggests significant changes to the way health services are delivered and the way we engage with them. There is recognition that this is likely to demand more self-care and a shift of care from hospital to our 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.

This solo exhibition of work explores implications of this shift and the culture and practice of health interventions that have previously resided within the domain of the hospital infiltrate what has been the private space of the home.

Paul’s work reflects upon and challenges an ambiguous future domestic landscape that presents hybrid functionality and confused visual language and soundscape. A transient world of 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. Providers of these future objects ever more concerned with our health and safety, nudging us into behaviour 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.

Professor Paul Chamberlain is a Professor of Design, Co-Director of C3RI at Sheffield Hallam University, Head of the Art & Design Research Centre and Co-Director of Lab4Living.

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