Catherine Zheng

Stasis: Catherine Zheng

Catherine Zheng

With the rise of technology and the increased use of design within our current society, people have become more reliant on finding prescriptive solutions and faster results to alleviate any type of abnormal feelings, such as tiredness and stress, resulting in binary lives and warped definitions of what it means to be normal.

This project is a speculative example of treatments people will take when everything becomes an “illness” to be treated, and the prescriptive lifestyle becomes an everyday norm. Originally coffee and mundane spa trips, this diagnostic world uses natural and artificial medications to always find ways to always “feel better”.

The future of prescriptive lifestyles + diagnostic living stems from a number of factors and influences. With the rise of technology and the increased use of design within our current society, people have become more reliant on finding curated solutions and faster results. In a way, this type of lifestyle rises from design but is perpetuated by the human need of trying to find quicker and better ways to continue living. As people search for these types of prescriptive answers to their problems, the life they live become binary and the definition of what is normal becomes warped. No longer are people able to simply be themselves, as there is always a way to “become better”, whether that means acting, looking, thinking, or feeling the “acceptable” way. And in this way, we can become stuck and controlled by the very means of diagnosis and prescriptions, which initially were a breakthrough in alleviating illnesses. It’s strange to think that with the changing landscape in technology, business, medicine, and more, we are pushing forward faster than we can follow and, in the end, may even be dragged along.

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