Imagine living and working from your bed, day in and day out: no exercise, no contact with others. Your food is delivered, as are other necessities. More than half a million Japanese people have been living like this for years – either of their own accord or by necessity. It was one of the sources of inspiration for Chinese artist Yiyun Chen. Together with UM scientists, Professor Patrick Schrauwen and Dr Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling of the Department of Nutrition and Human Movement Sciences, she won the BAD Award worth € 25,000, with which she will conduct an artistic/semi-scientific experiment. From 15 October, Chen will spend a month in a specially designed room in Eindhoven.
The BAD Award is an annual international competition that aims to stimulate artists and designers to experiment with bio-art and bio-design, so as to push the boundaries of art and science. The prize was awarded in May this year by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), ZonMw, kunstruimte MU and BioArt Laboratories. Vera and Patrick Schrauwen are the winners of the BAD Award with artist Yiyun Chen. The project is called “horizontal living” and aims to raise awareness for the potential negative health effects that physical inactivity has, and for the factors – such as cold exposure, exercise, diet, light, sleep – that can be used to prevent or limit such negative consequences.