course code: PL304
anatomy of sitting
with galen cranz
friday aug 14, 11:30 - 12:30
venue: University Concert Hall, Foundation Building
The social history of chairs shows that chairs have been more influenced by status than the way our bodies are anatomically designed. Ergonomics has attempted to bring the body back to the forefront of chair design, but unfortunately in bits and pieces. Somatic practices, like the Alexander Technique, offer an expanded perspective that treats the body and mind holistically as a system. What happens to the body anatomically when we sit on badly designed vs well designed chairs? Recent research on metabolic changes that occur when seated link sitting to mortality more directly than being old, fat, or a smoker! Movement and variety in posture demand that we rethink the design of workstations, schools, transportation, and even our homes. Galen will surprise, enlighten, and amuse you with this fascinating perspective on body conscious design.