when strangers call me at 8 o clock in the morning to ask me what i think about the city's radio stations or the last political scandal, i am usually polite. If already awake, i even actually answer the questions. i figure, if any change is about to happen, i might as well be part of it.
which is why i was taken by surprise when, in a city where everything is supposedly a bit more laid back, human relations are still important and people are overall friendly and helpfull, i was treated as an undesirable intruder by most communication and public relation people i contacted on working hours, at their working place, for a work related subject.
then i found out, that in a city where everything is supposedly a bit more laid back, human relations are still important and people are overall friendly and helpfull, people are more helpfull if you know someone who knows someone. and thus, i started my quest for people with friends. oh, and some conference ogranizing centers of cource.
in the way, i was more than glad to also learn that some people, simply want to be helpfull. or at least, as myself at 8 o clock in the morning, be polite. thus, i travelled around the city in hotels, schools and public organizations, intitutions and cultural centers, gave out my questionnaires and took some answers. and as they 're being cooked and processed, (let alone collected), i also started on my new topic. the chair.
the chair is aparently as old as we are, or as old as the new "us" are (neolithic people).
It has been used to socialize, to play cards and music, to read books or papyri, to make decisions about ones country, to demonstrate ones wealth and bravery or even to give birth. According to some, it has also been used to meditate or to be praized.
used as a canvas, as monument or as a mere piece of furniture, the chair has had a very special place in western civilization throughout the years.
what started as a symbol of power, an object of respect and a medium of connecting with the gods, is now the most profound, yet un-noticed item of our lives, which shapes our environment (window heights and table widths are all connected to chair proportions) and even us. (sitting in chairs forms our body, can change its shape and even harm it over time)
in the text below you will find an introduction to chair historical development, the ways and reasons why its form changed and evolved as well as all the social implications that brought -or were caused by- those changes.
an other part about the chair developpment might follow.
and a part about conferences will.
the second text is the extention -though not the full one- of the second chapter. as i said, results are coming, but process is complete, and this is what you ll find here.
that is, if you can speek greek. once again, if you see something really interesting in the pictures, but cant read the text, contact me. i may translate parts for you, or send you my reference material.