Breathing Pneumatic Armchair
Salvador Dalí ( Spanish, 1904 - 1989 )
"Imagine an anthropomorphic chair that you plug into a wall that breathes at a programmed rate. This means that even from a therapeutic standpoint it is very desirable because we can easily put children to sleep as in a cradle. Instead of rocking them, we put them in a breathing cradle and the movement puts them to sleep. For the greater calm of adults, instead of the rocking chair, which one must activate by one's self, you sit down and the chair breathes in unison, or on the contrary, in counterpoint to your breathing. This has the psychopathological effect of calming you and establishing an intra-uterine harmony, not only with the room, but with the whole cosmos, since we ourselves are linked to such movements, harmoniously connected with the cosmos itself." Extremely proud of his claim to promote harmony with the cosmos, Dalí sketches an outline of himself, mustached and crowned, to the right of his armchair invention. The lion's head underneath the chair (from Dalí's "Accommodations of Desires," 1926) may symbolize the passion, fear, and prowess of the human psyche, now subsumed under the calming rhythm of the pneumatic chair.