Dys/Functional Furniture, (December 2017) is an interactive exhibition proposed for the SITE Galleries at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Exhibition design today often entirely removes the functionality from familiar objects, displaying them on pedestals and in vitrines deprived of the interaction they invite. Dys/Functional Furniture is instead a platform to probe the edges of functionality or lack thereof. Defining furniture in the broadest sense to encompass domestic furniture, exhibition furniture and related objects, the exhibition not only creates a space for contemplation and conversation, but also for multi-sensory experience. As we negotiate the boundaries of use-value in familiar objects, we seek a longer discussion that demystifies the value of touch in relation to the power of intentional design.