The exhibition ‘Chronic Health: Designing a Healthy Future’ (digital catalogue) shows what role design can play in the future of our health. Find a wide range of examples on display: from ‘open’ design and Do-It-Together applications to high-end medical technologies and creative prototypes. Chronic Health illustrates how design enables us to adapt to illness and limitations, manage them ourselves, take control and try to lead the life we want.
Health is high on everyone’s wish list, and we live longer. Technological developments increasingly allow us to manage our own illness and health. But healthcare innovation is not based on technology alone. Empathy, the ability to understand an experience through the eyes of another, is an integral aspect of the design and development of meaningful healthcare solutions.
healthcare system is shifting from healthcare agencies, hospitals and
labs to self-monitoring and diagnosis at home. Do-It-Yourself trends
lead to tension between open source applications in healthcare, patents
and existing economic models. How far do we take the development and
design of new applications? At the same time, how do we design and
implement simple, easy-to-use and educative solutions for areas with
limited resources? And what are the opportunities and the effects of
applying design thinking and research in developing healthcare
innovations and empowering people? ‘Chronic Health’ does not have all
the answers, but gives an inspiring glimpse of what design could offer
healthcare now and in the near future.
One of the exhibitors we would like to highlight is Frank Kolkman.
Frank Kolkman is nominated as DDA Young Designer Award 2017 . His latest work Outrospectre is an experimental proposal for a medical device aimed at reconciling people with death through simulating out-of-body experiences. In healthcare the majority of efforts and research focus on keeping people alive. The fear and experience of death is a mostly neglected topic. Recent (para) psychological research, however, suggests that the sensation of drifting outside of one’s own body using virtual reality technology could help reduce death anxiety. Outrospectre explores the possible application of these findings in hospital surroundings where it could help terminal patients accept their own mortality with more comfort. Apart from Outrospectre also 'Designs For Flies' is on display, which was awarded with a 2016 Dutch Design Award in the category ‘Service & systems’. Designs for Flies offers an entirely new approach to pharmaceutical research into rare illnesses. By showing his work OpenSurgery - a do-it-yourself surgery robot - designer Frank Kolkman wants to spark discussion around alternative care models.
Chronic Health also shows work from:Sylvia Claes
Lorenzo, his parents, TOG & OPENDOT lab
Xander van der Arend & Jan van der Zijden
Gerjanne van Gink
Outrospectre is generously supported by the AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and was developed within the scope of a 3PackageDeal in collaboration with: Waag Society (Creative Care Lab), Makerversity Amsterdam & Museum Vrolik.
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Curator: Waag Society
Tentoonstellingsontwerp: De Projectstudio and Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters
Dank aan: VanBerlo, Waag Society, Philips, Máxima Medical Center, U Create, Waag Society’s Creative Care Lab, MakerVersity Amsterdam and Museum Vrolik
Organized by World Design Event
World Design Event is een nieuw internationaal designplatform georganiseerd door Dutch Design Foundation, verbonden aan Dutch Design Week en mede mogelijk gemaakt door onze partners en designstad Eindhoven.