By Samuel Bianchini A robotic armchair with casters and a wheelchair, 2014-2018
Two armchairs are in the same space: an empty room or stage. One of them is an armchair with casters, an office chair, a chair belonging to someone who makes important decisions. The other one is a wheelchair for disabled people. Alone, the first chair moves slowly at a varying and hesitating pace. It seems that it goes towards the other one, in order to be close to it, even to push it, but fails nearly each time it tries to do so. The office chair seems coarse, it seems to have a difficult time moving. When it finally pushes the wheelchair, it gets away very clumsily, as if it was overwhelmed by doubt and uncertainty. The second chair, for disabled people, cannot move by itself. It waits to be pushed. Its symbolic power pervades the whole stage and reinforces the uncertainty of disability.