Mind Chair

A collaborative interactive furniture design with Beta Tank / Eyal Burstein

The Mind Chair describes a possible application of the sensory substitution technique developed by Dr Paul Bach-y-Rita in the late 1960s in which moving imagery is perceived in the mind via nerves in the skin rather than the eyes.

The aperture in an existing polypropylene chair is fitted with an electronic unit that relays video imagery as dynamic pixelated physical information onto the back of the sitter. The effect is for the viewer to visualise moving image in their mind.

The Mind Chair was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the exhibition Design and the Elastic Mind in 2008.