Saturday, 11 February 2012

First Idea

After reading"Earthing:the most important health discovery ever?" by Clinton Ober
i had an idea about making a chair that was "earthed" as a way of connecting back to the earth

Definition of Earthing:

Earthing (grounding) refers to the process of establishing conductive contact between the surface of the earth and the the body to maintain the body at earth potential. This occurs naturally when standing barefoot on the earth.

Research has demonstrated that earthing the body plays a substantial role in the reduction of inflammation and functioning of other physiological processes.
Research studies providing evidence of earthing effects include:
Earthing the Human Body Influences Physiologic Processes (
Pilot Study on the Effect of Grounding on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness

 To hint towards this i would have used a chair (wooden metal to cnduct the electrical impulses) in a tray/tub of soil and have a TV/monitor infront of it with images of animal paws coming into contact with the earth.

However im not 100% sure on the validity of the research showna bove and i think my idea is too similar to Joseph Bueys' "Joseph Bueys vs TV"

It starts with a man, his back turned. Joseph Bueys, hat included. In front of the television, also wearing a strange hat: all antennas must have come with one back in the seventies.
After a while you realize that the screen has some sort of dark filter. Then you notice that under his chair Beuys has a pair of boxing gloves. He puts them on, fit him a bit large, and starts hitting the screen.
Somewhat goofy, almost comical. The hat stays there (the tv too). It goes on for a while, enough to grow tired. You think it's taking a long time. Then it ends. And only god knows why he now takes a salami, cuts it up, and sticks it to the television as if trying to make the salami hear the TV. Or something like that. Maybe he's trying to understand if the television sounds clearer through the salami. Then he gets up, many minutes have gone by, many, he goes off. You think he went to get a horse, or who knows what, and instead he returns with a piece of felt. Fabric. A square. He sticks it on the wall, as if trying to protect it. He takes the television and turns it to face the wall, he leaves. You continue hearing a voice coming from the obscured television, in German, facing a piece of felt fabric stuck to the wall. A mute dialogue. Deaf too. You continue thinking that those two pieces of nothing that look at each other are only a demonstration of defeat. Beuys is a man that, right there, has lost. The only thing left to protect were the walls, the house. He leaves, solitary and defeated, like a dog barking at his own shadow. 
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