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Workcare Home (Ongoing)
Mar 2015 –

The elderly, inevitably heading to the journey of illness, is going to be the massive group in this ageing society. Illness is subtractive. It takes something away from the person suffering, be it dignity, time, or joy. The idea within this project is therefore to reverse this, instead transforming frustrating illness into something that can be positive even productive.

This productivity can manifest itself in multiple ways. The illness can, for example, become beneficial to the patient through manipulation and transformation, allowing the state of being unhealthy to create certain objects or effects. This would subvert the effects of time and joy, improving the living conditions and quality of life for the patient. Equally, the illness can obtain a positive association through the use of productivity, which can increase the dignity and mental wellbeing of the patient, as their state is no longer debilitating but enabling.

The concept is based in a parallel future, and is therefore largely based in fiction and speculation. By asking the following questions, this project will discuss the possible changing attitudes towards the illness as it transforms from burden into benefit.
What if symptoms could bring more than suffering? If illness are harvested, could the elderly have higher self-value?

一般来说,疾病本身是不合意的。在运作得当的机体中,疾病猛然打破秩序。它以破坏者的姿态,将身体推离健康的标准,甚至推向毁灭。苏珊·桑塔格将疾病解释为一种道德审判,它们在社会意义中一步步被隐喻化,使得病人除了须面对生理负担外,还得面对加诸其身的种种精神负荷。
是否要把疾病的这种负性价值看做概念的一部分,甚至全部呢?疾病有时是合意的。近视有助于躲避兵役,咳嗽是一种赢得关心的方式,不育症对于大家族的家长无异于苍天赐福,但它们却仍然是疾病。
在疾病状态下,身体出现各种症状和体征。这些行为有些是漫长重复的,例如慢性咳嗽,成为一种颇具产量的产出。有些是应激剧烈的,例如突发的疼痛,激发出人巨大的潜能。
这些症状和行为本身中立,这个项目设计使用疾病的方法,使这个行为产生新的价值。