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23/05/18

A Ready-Made for Sitting

Can any object become a seat? If we take into account that a seat is any place, object or piece of furniture in which to support the buttocks for the purpose of sitting, we can say yes.

Since Marcel Duchamp arrived with his found objects or ready-mades (existing objects that are transformed to give them a totally different meaning), everything is possible. The Frenchman opened the prohibition. But with the arrival of the theories about semiotics (in which signs and symbols are studied as instruments of cultural communication) and the postmodern movement, it is believed that objects are imbued with symbolism and therefore users can establish psychological relationships among them.

 

 

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This is how Stiletto (pseudonym of the German designer Frank Schreiner) managed with his humorous recipe to turn a simple shopping cart into a chair. And no, we are not talking about that tiny, convertible space included in these vehicles in which to seat the children while the parents make the purchase. We are talking about a limited-edition chair that has ended up in museum collections for two fundamental reasons. For the transformation of its cultural status, that is, from everyday object to unique object. And for its ironic approach in which a shopping cart for a supermarket can be a representative symbol of the voracious consumerism of a liberal economy.

And how did its creator do it? Taking one of these devices, opening its front to freely hang the legs, curving the upper part of the sides to rest the arms and covering the seat and back with a transparent plastic to ensure a minimum of comfort. Conclusion: the idea of a seat can underlie any object.

 
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