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With: RECARO Aircraft Seating

Schwäbisch Hall, RECARO Aircraft Seating

Break 'n Border: »Emotion Seats«

The artist duo Break 'n Border, consisting of Maren Geers and Thomas Drescher, took a critical look at the future of civil aviation with their walk-in installation »Emotion Seats«. The two were inspired by the RECARO Aircraft Seating company in Schwäbisch Hall. Aircraft seats are designed to provide air travellers with a comfortable flight. They need to be ergonomically designed, but also to look attractive. They should be light, safe and efficient to manufacture. Therefore, these seats seem to be designed to meet people's needs.

»But what do people really need?« asked Break 'n Border. »What is it that makes humans human?« »Can we be calculated as ideal states?« »Is it actually possible to standardise people, bodies and feelings?«

In an age of digital transformation, we are under pressure to perfect not only the things around us, but also ourselves. Where does this trend towards ever greater optimisation lead? Is it possible that one day people will adapt to the needs of aircraft seats rather than the other way around? Optimised humans, transporting seated people and smart passengers ... but what then becomes of our humanity, our emotions, our imperfections? In a humorous and critical way, Break'n Border called on us to think about what makes us human. The installation sent us away with a fundamental question: How do we want to live in the future?

The Artists

Maren Geers and Thomas Drescher began their collaboration as Break 'n Border in 2013, and since then have been working with businesses and social organisations on processes that will shape the future. They received a grant from the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen foundation and were involved in the Art Coaching Programme at Akademie Schloss Solitude. Under the name »Wimmelforschung«, they developed the »Platform 12« project for Robert Bosch GmbH. As part of this, they and the Akademie Schloss Solitude have been awarding the »Wimmelforschungs-Stipendium«, a grant for artists, since 2014.

Maren Geers, born 1979, studied stage and costume design at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin. She was awarded a grant by the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Her installations have been shown at a number of group exhibitions.

Thomas Drescher, born in 1978, began his career as a train driver with Deutsche Bahn. He later went on to study stage design at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin. He attended four semesters of an interdisciplinary course on futurology at the Freie Universität Berlin.

© Break 'n Border, Maren Geers und Thomas Drescher

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Daimlerstraße 21
74523 Schwäbisch Hall


15–26 October 2018