Human Machine Interaction: How Much Human Needs Machine?
Research Residency in cooperation with Deutschen Werkstätten Hellerau & the chair of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Dresden
“I observe how individuality is fading more and more due to progressive automation and that cultural techniques are being lost. Refinement disappears in favor of standardization. Duration loses its value. The creative space of the human body is shrinking.”
Based on these theses, Irina Pauls deals with the changing work processes in our society and their effects on the human body. At the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau she observes the work of carpenters to investigate the effects of the highly specialized work processes on the bodies of skilled workers. Her aim is to find out whether the work is inscribed in the bodies and to what extent the method of production in the workshops depends on the skills of human labour.
Subsequently, Irina Pauls accompanies the work of the chair of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Dresden. In various projects, which always focus on the interaction between human and machine, she accompanies the research of future work processes. Which physicalities will emerge in the process? Which body images do the researchers base their considerations on? What role will the human body play in the work environments of the future?