Design4Health - HOSPITAbLe

September 3 2018 – September 16 2018

The challenge society faces in providing future healthcare suggests radical changes to the way health services are delivered and the way we engage with these changes. There is recognition that this is likely to demand more self-care and the shift of care from hospital to home.

The home and hospital bring together very different cultural practices and environments and the inexorable geographical shift in care has potential to impact on our physical and emotional relationship with our home space.

The HOSPITAbLe collection reflects upon and imagines an ambiguous future domestic landscape that presents hybrid functionality and a confused visual language and soundscape. A transient world of semi-alien and alien objects that not only challenge trust, but prohibit control and access. New objects defined by emerging technologies that at times attempt to hide and camouflage. The definers and providers of these future objects being ever more concerned with our health and safety, nudging us into behavioural change but fearful of litigation. An interconnected landscape within which, access to health data and information is ubiquitous, incomplete and confusing. Objects that help, support, betray and confront our own mortality.

The HOSPITAbLe collection, designed by Paul Chamberlain, presents these objects. By doing so it invites visitors to take part in ‘thinking with things’. The exhibition provides a theatre for conversation and also becomes the medium and method for data collection for the Sheffield Hallam University. It creates a channel, through which societal assumptions related to aging and healthcare can be made visible, explored and challenged. We invite you to join us in doing so.

Knowledge from previous research has led to a collection of so-called critical artefacts. The HOSPITAbLe collection reflects upon and challenges an ambiguous future domestic landscape that presents hybrid functionality and confused visual language and soundscape. A transient world of alien objects that not only challenge trust, but prohibit control and access. New objects defined by emerging technologies that at times attempt to hide and camouflage. Providers of these future objects are ever more concerned with our health and safety, nudging us into behavioral change but fearful of litigation. An interconnected landscape within which, access to health data and information is ubiquitous, incomplete and confusing. Objects that help, support, betray and confront our own mortality. Amongst the presented objects, the visitor is presented with a converted telephone table that accommodates healthcare equipment, an uneasy chairs that motivate its user to not sit on it, and a wooden walking frame that explores the values and qualities of craft against the pragmatic industrial aesthetic.

The critical artifacts presented at the exhibition act as tools integral to a research methodology to help discover and define user needs and aspirations. This will help to inform the development of future products and environments.

HOSPITabLe takes place alongside the Design4Health conference, which brings together designers and creative practitioners with researchers, clinicians, policy makers and users to d explore creative approaches and perspectives to enhance understanding and experience, and improve efficiency of health and wellbeing services and products.

 

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