21,000 Word Oxford English Dictionary + First Google Image = 1,240 Page Book Of Unnecessary Waste?

1,240 Google image book for each of the 21,000 Oxford English Dictionary wordsLondon based artist/designers Felix Heyes and Ben West put together a 1,240 page book of the first picture that appears in a Google image search for all 21,000 words in the Oxford English Dictionary. Ben West described the book as:

“It’s really an unfiltered, uncritical record of the state of human culture in 2012,”

Mr. West is probably correct that the top Google image results is a reflection of society at a specific moment in time. Much in the same way printing and hoping to sell this massive beast of a book is also a good reflection of our “if you can afford it, you can consume it” lifestyle at this moment in time.

On the slightly bright side, the book did inspire me to look up the Google image for unnecessary.

Google image for the word Unnecessary
Not sure what to make of it but at least now, I only have 20,999 Oxford English Dictionary words and Google images to go. [TechCrunch via Good]


Henry Hargreave’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Almost Made Me Un-Appreciate Art Again.

Deep Fried Foamcore Apple iPad - Henry Hargreaves

“I see a connection between tech and fastfood culture, both are fetishized, quickly consumed then discarded.”
– Henry Hargreaves, Wired article
“Artist’s Deep-Fried Gadgets Blend Unhealthy Appetites”

I was so close to becoming an art connoisseur thanks to back-of-truck grime art and the invisible art exhibit. Then Henry Hargreaves went ahead and made an artistic statement about consumption by deep-frying some gadgets and I felt kicked in the arts again.

But wait, due to a lack of funding, Mr. Hargreaves didn’t deep-fry the actual electronics and built his soon-to-be-fried gadgets out of foamcore. So I guess the key to Jubbling art must be limited funding. Thank you Mr. Hargreaves – artful message received. Best of all, you didn’t have to make your point and provoke us to think about consumption via hypocritical art. [Wired]

Deep Fried Foamcore Apple MacBook Air and iPhone - Henry Hargreaves


Jubbling “Hearts” Some Art (Finally!)

Art and Jubbling don’t mix well. Especially when the intention of the art is to provoke while consuming in a way that runs counter to its supposed green message. Thankfully, we’ve found two examples of art that we do agree with.

Ben Long – The Great Travelling Art ExhibitionBen Long  The Great Travelling Art ExhibitionThe first is artist Ben Long of the UK and “The Great Travelling Art Exhibition”. His supplies: A finger and a cup of water. His canvas: The grime covered rear doors of commercial trucks. By completing his “free-roaming” art on the back of moving vehicles, Mr. Long does not need to display his work in a gallery so he doesn’t need financial support to show his work. Little did I know but my kids were burgeoning artists too when they used their fingers to write “Dad Stinks” in the grime on the back of my car. [Inhabitat]

Hayward Gallery – “Invisible”Andy Warhol Invisible Sculpture - Tom Friedman 1000 Hours of StaringOur next favorite is an exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London and is aptly named “Invisible” art. Included in this exhibit is Andy Warhol’s “Invisible Sculpture” (empty pedestal) and Tom Friedman’s “1000 Hours of Staring” (blank piece of paper). The exhibition runs from June 12 – August 5, 2012. Probably the best feature of this exhibition is that if you are unable to attend, you can probably duplicate some of the art you missed in your own home. [Boing Boing]


Jubbling Was Closer To Appreciating Art. Saw ‘Burning House’ By Carrie Schneider And Don’t Get It Again.

Burning House - Carrie SchneiderThe basic idea behind Jubbling is to help people find ways to consume less and reuse more. Burning House by Carrie Schneider is not a good example of Jubbling. For the Burning House series, Ms. Schneider photographed the building and torching of 15 lookalike house type structures over two years so it would appear that it was one non-stop burn through every season. The one positive is that she didn’t pitch Burning House as a ‘green’ statement about the lack of affordable housing or dwindling resources. But maybe in hindsight, she could’ve built one house, photographed it over two years and Photoshopped in the flames and smoke. Heck, she could’ve Photoshopped in the seasons too but that wouldn’t be considered art and that’s why I’ll never get it. [Laughing Squid]


Had To Put The Chicken Chair On Jubbling Before Everyone Else.

“I like eating chickens, but I also like for people to be aware of how they live and the consequences of the little decisions they give for granted everyday. I would like people to see a chicken again in their daily life, to find it both uncomfortable and beautiful at the same time.”Sebastian Errazuriz

Hmmm, how to make it fit on Jubbling… maybe a “Chicken Chair” in every house will encourage, or guilt, people into working down the food chain and eat less meat. Or maybe it’s best used as a punishment for calling me an eco-hipster – “get connected with your food and give me 15 minutes on the chicken chair.” Wait, that would be eco-hipsterish of me. [core77]


The Goal Of ‘One Third’ Rotting Food Photos By Klaus Pichler Is To Get Us To Waste Less Food

Klaus Pichler - One Third Exhibition

“I don’t get it… I don’t get it.”

Paul (John Heard), Movie “Big”

I really don’t get it. Klaus Pichler’s photo exhibition, One Third, about the amount of food wasted each year just seems like a waste in itself. Call me crazy but seeing pictures of rotting food doesn’t motivate me to hold onto dated items longer – it makes me want to check the dates on what I have in the fridge and start chucking stuff out.

Klaus Pichler - One Third Exhibition  Rotting Cookies
Inhabitat has a back story on the One Third exhibition and that it took its name from a UN study on how 1/3 of all food is wasted. Mr. Pichler also includes information on how the rotting food in the photographs was harvested and their respective carbon footprints.

Still can’t help feeling more than a little confused whenever I read about or see something considered art that partakes in what it purports to be against. Pictures: amazing. Message: lost. [Inhabitat ]