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MAX BILL

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MAX BILL

Walker, Design by Ruth Mateus-Berr & Pia Scharler & Constantin Gröbner

Steel, wood

70.00x260.00x70.00

2023

MAX BILL was a Swiss architect, artist, painter, typeface designer, industrial designer and graphic designer. MAX BILL represents a rollator (walker), that quotes the so-called Ulm stool. This was designed in 1955 by Max Bill, the first director of the Ulm School of Design, in collaboration with Hans Gugelot and Paul Hildinger for the students of the same school. It was intended to serve as a multiple object: a seat, side table, shelf and carrying aid for the books needed for studying. MAX BILL is intended for ‘design afictionados’, and natural material lovers. The touch of wood stimulates different connections than plastic and metal.


These rollators stand for Critical Design, a design style that criticizes things or conditions; here it draws attention to a deficiency in design and demands the right to self-determined and self-confident aesthetics. The objects are not intended for actual use, but should contribute to a change in design. This can also create an interaction that can have a positive effect on people with dementia with a basic withdrawal behavior and experience of loneliness, because it can be assumed that people will be addressed by rollators designed in this way.


This also draws on experiences from reminiscence therapy, which deals with memories from personal biographies. This is supplemented by visual, haptic, auditory and olfactory design and in relation to body memories, which still require a lot of research in terms of dementia research.


The topic of art and dementia is about 

1. raising awareness of the topic of dementia - for example with the rollators as critical design: this is not about usability, but the objects draw attention to the needs of those affected, who want to remain part of our society, feel the right to be crazy and have fun and want to be addressed by a different aesthetic, 

2. creating opportunities for people with dementia, relatives and carers to create well-being using art as a method. Biographical references are taken up in a haptic-aesthetic way. At the same time, the objects also draw attention to the need for interaction and the disappearance of loneliness.

DEMEDARTS is an artistic research project of the Center for Didactics for Art and Interdisciplinary Education at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.

Funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), within the PEEK-program (Programm zur Erweiterung und Erschließung der Künste): A-609 ; Project DOI: 10.55776/AR609

The project runs from: February 2020 – January 2023

 

2024 Arte Laguna Prize for Art & Design. International Prize for Contemporary Art.

AWARD FUNDER: Italian Cultural association MoCA (Modern Contemporary Art)

Ruth Mateus-Berr and Pia Scharler

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