Created: 10. 5. 2018 from Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze

The Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague invites you to a lecture of Tyler Coburn




Thursday 5/24/2018 at 6 p.m.


Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (UMPRUM)

náměstí Jana Palacha 80, Praha 1

1st floor, room 115


Free entrance


Ergonomic Futures is a multi-part project that asks questions about contemporary “fitness” through the lens of speculative evolution. The work comes out of Tyler Coburn’s interviews with paleoanthropologists, ergonomists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. To each he has asked: What are future scenarios for imagining new types of human bodies, and how might this thought experiment reframe conversations about body normativity in the present day?  

In his lecture at the AAAD in Prague, Coburn will discuss genetic engineering, the founder effect, postplanetary living, and other things that may contribute to marked differences in how we biologically, philosophically, and legally define the “human.”

Ergonomic Futures takes two forms in addition to the lecture. First, Coburn and New York architects Bureau V have designed functional ergonomic seats for different future bodies, intended to serve as museum furniture.  Second, Coburn has collaborated with designers Luke Gould and Afonso Martins on a website of short stories (www.ergonomicfutures.com) meant to evolve over the years. 


Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. His work has been presented at Centre Pompidou, Paris; South London Gallery; Kunsthalle Wien; Kunstverein Munich; SculptureCenter, New York; and in the 11th Gwangju Biennale and in the 10th Shanghai Biennale. Coburn is participating in Apparatus 2.0, opening on May 29th at the Center for Contemporary Arts Prague and organized in conjunction with the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York.


Book cover of Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future [1930]. New York, Magnum Books, 1978. Courtesy the artist.