artist urs fischer collaborated with new york-based choreographer madeline hollander to make a fleet of humanscale’s ‘freedom’ chairs dance around gagosian’s chelsea gallery. nine seats meander around the venue autonomously, playfully dancing throughout the space in synchronized yet surprising movements. visitors are invited to engage with and interact with the office chairs, which seem to have a life of their own.

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artist urs fischer collaborated with new york-based choreographer madeline hollander on the project

 

 

for the exhibition ‘play’ at gagosian, fischer brings together sculpture, behavior, and choreography to create an arena of chance encounters. the more viewers seeks to control the company of humanscale chairs, the more evident it becomes that they actively creating the choreography. while the seats seem to behave in ways that offer some level of predictability, they soon debunk the illusion to the amazement of intrigued onlookers.

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a fleet of humanscale’s ‘freedom’ chairs dance around gagosian’s chelsea gallery

urs fischer play
nine seats meander around the venue autonomously
artwork © urs fischer / photo by chad moore, courtesy gagosian

urs fischer play
the seats playfully dance throughout the space in synchronized yet surprising movements
artwork © urs fischer / photo by chad moore, courtesy gagosian

urs fischer play
visitors are invited to engage with and interact with the office chairs
artwork © urs fischer / photo by chad moore, courtesy gagosian

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