Body Aware Makerthon: Active workspace

As human beings, we are naturally wired to react and adapt to a changing environment. However, we often get stuck in bad habits and tend to spend our days in static environments. Our tactile senses are no longer naturally stimulated. As a response to this development, a group of artists and designers examined how enhanced tactility can reconnect us to our natural body awareness.

Researchers continue to find evidence that people with who habitually sit for long periods of time are at greater risk of developing cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, regardless of how much they exercise.

At the Body Awareness Makerthon – facilitated by future living lab SPACE and IKEA – Pereira developed the “In Motion Office” in cooperation with designer Svend Jakob Pedersen, and interaction artist Young Eun Kim. They wanted to challenge our working habits and address the problems that have arisen in the wake of digitisation.

Nowadays, most office work is purely digital, and our physical presence is virtually unnecessary.With our project we wanted to use the office space in a more active way, creating a different relationship to our desktop and to the people around us.

Today's digital hardware surfaces are pure and synthetic, fluid and sterile – they tend to limit the use of our senses. Pereira, Eun Kim and Pedersen wanted to challenge static design by promoting physical activity in the office in a natural way. They came up with a desktop composed of different materials associated with different functions.

Working in a changing environment improves productivity, and, according to Pereira, contact with different textures stimulates our memory. “It´s very common nowadays to have a gym membership, but with the contemporary working rhythm, working overtime creates a feeling of guilt when one cannot keep up.” From this point of departure, they developed a desk that can be rotated within a defined perimeter, allowing the user to change posture during the day and perceive the space differently. “As a consequence of this movement, people are invited to interact face-to-face with their colleagues, promoting more natural communication in the office.” The “InMotion Office” aims to create a different working experience, in which both body and mind are stimulated equally.

Presentation of the Body Awareness Makerthon

In October 2015, a group of twelve international talents from different fields such as art, interaction design, spirituality and technology met in Copenhagen for a three-day Body Awareness Makerthon. The purpose of the Makerthon – facilitated by future living lab SPACE10 and IKEA – was to explore future urban scenarios and to co-create design for enhanced body awareness in order to improve mental, emotional and physical health.

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