“Aren’t you tired of holding up your neck when you text?”
Slumpies are the answers to all your prayers – at least for all your text-neck problems which isn’t in the dictionary (yet) but has its own website http://text-neck.com/. Miami artist, Jillian Mayer has been creating one of a kind Slumpies, sculptural chairs to help with your every postures while staring down at your devices. Constructed out of colorful fiberglass, these pieces can withstand rain or shine unlike nap pods, and have a playful feel – something you would see in a SkyMall catalog or at your local shopping mall but can be seen in galleries around the United States.
After spending several hours myself trying out the sculptures at Mayer’s LAXART opening, Slumpies allowed for a public/private space to check my notifications and emails while still out socializing. At first seeping into the sculpture it quickly takes shape of your body with the material while still being a prototype eventually I became one with my Slumpie. The Slumpie conveniently with an in-built phone charger and even plant holder, feels like a necessity to all public spaces. The standing and sitting options allows you to still be present in public but with a more modern take on a private phone booth. The harder material fits right in with commercial buildings, marble floors, but also outdoors at any public park. The Slumpies have been making their rounds at this years Atlanta Bienalle and Chicago Expo – to keep track of when’s the next time a Slumpie could be in your town or place a custom order based on your height, weight, BMI, and specific needs, check out the Slumpi.es webpage.
You had the idea of making Slumpies after seeing people’s slumping postures out in public looking down at their screens. What have been some of your own personal problems when staring at your device?
Throughout my art practice, I have always been interested in passive interactions and working with platforms (virtual and physical) that support that. Slumpies fill the negative space between a person and their technological device.
I do suffer from text neck- that’s true. As humans we build lots of innovations to simplify our lives and promote connectivity, but my work often addresses what we give up in order to progress. I could say that detachment from my current environment, access to (non-important) constant stimulation, along with poor posture and hand cramping might be some of my personal issues with chronic phone interaction.