The Brain, The Hand & The Environment
My research is focused on the hand. Triggered by a close observation of the development of a degenerative disease, I analysed the role the hand plays in human evolution. Hand and brain have always taught each other, in a precious and fruitful dialogue. In seeing the impact of Alzheimer’s disease, I focused on the importance of ‘the haptic’. By doing and making, by constructing and analysing our environment, we produce a strong imprint in our memory. What Alzheimer teaches us, can become an inspiration for our dealings with everyday objects. In my design proposal I express the dialogue between recognition of an object and the misfit in its use. We find the object unusual and particular. We have to discover it, by using it.
Photo by Lonneke van der Palen