Tag Archives: 10.000 things

Something extraordinary

24 Oct

I used to have a saying stuck up on my wall:

‘Live an ordinary life extraordinarily.’

Graphic designer Jessica Ettridge must have connected with that too for her project Extraordinary. She selected a few products that we use every day: soap, a toothbrush, scourers; products where we perhaps do not give much thought to the way they were made or our use and consumption of them. Jessica explains that her project is about enhancing our appreciation of everyday projects. That’s a sentiment that sits well with sustainability. Imagine if we gave the same appreciation to everything we use, to every object we touch. Imagine if we re-invested them all with the extra-ordinary.




Wie man Interesse an Kram, Krempel und Zeugs loswerden kann

2 Mar

„Wer ein interessantes Leben führt, verliert sein Interesse an materiellen Werten.“

Yvon Quiniou, Philosophie Dozent, Frankreich

gesehen bei Prof. Dr. Gustav Bergmann “Marketing in Einrichtungen der Sozialen Arbeit: „Steuerung“ der Außenbezüge”
4. Fachtag “Sozialmanagement” zu dem Thema „Systemisches Management“ in der Sozialen Arbeit, Münster 2014

s.a. Yvon Quiniou zu Gast bei Raphael Enthoven, Sonntag, 090214 auf ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) im Programm Philosophie – Planet Marx (Bonus)

How to lose interest in material goods

2 Mar

“Who leads an interesting life, loses their interest in material values.”

Yvon Quiniou, French philosophy lecturer

gleaned from Prof. Dr. Gustav Bergmann’s presentation “Marketing in Einrichtungen der Sozialen Arbeit: „Steuerung“ der Außenbezüge”
4. Fachtag “Sozialmanagement” zu dem Thema „Systemisches Management“ in der Sozialen Arbeit, Münster 2014

You can see Yvon Quiniou as guest of Raphael Enthoven in the German/French programme Philosophie – Planet Marx (Bonus), which was aired on Sunday, 090214 on ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne), a Franco-German TV channel with a predilection for the areas of culture and the arts.

Tour de Shanghai

13 Jan

Paris born and based photographer Alain Delorme has a riveting image series called Totems. Delorme chopped and shopped images of migrant workers delivering goods in Shanghai that he collected in the period 2009-2011. The augmented reality arrests you with its very cleaned up presentation of masses of goods stacked on tricycles against a backdrop of changing skylines and city textures. There are surprisingly few people in the photos, which serve to focus attention on the heroic Bicycle Man or Woman.

totems01_kleintotems06_kleinAlain-Delorme-totems_klein(First seen on Feed for the city)

Alain’s work may be somewhat hyperrealistic, but his Totems are not so far off the truth, whether it be in China or anywhere else that you can ride your bicycle, as the following shots show.


How many things does London have?

5 Sep

If the average European has 10.000 things (see here) and Greater London has 7,825 million people (estimates for mid-2010) then London has 78,25 billion things (and it has lots of numbers: Quite a lot of those have been gathered together in art installations by Scottish artist David Mach. At least that’s what the installation gallery looks like. It’s the sheer mass of stuff that is impressive.

Its one thing to think of how much stuff one person has, and even to aim to make do with less, as here. But it’s quite another to think of scaling that up for a village, a town or a megacity. Luckily we have a whole host of artists working with accumulations, bulk, stockpiling, conglomerations and amassings, such as Chris Jordan whom we mentioned here. His artworks Running the Numbers I and II use images to portray statistics, for America and for the world, respectively. To the North there’s Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and his works, e.g. the Urban Mines series. Then there’s salt installation artist Motoi  Yamamoto, and, of course, Song Dong, who is at this year’s dOCUMENTA (d13), to mention a couple.

I wonder if any of the magazines used below were ever read or even opened?


C_David_Mach(found David Mach via colossal)

Plastic Dogs

27 Jul

Robert Bradford: FooFoo 2Just look at them, aren’t they beautiful?! I love these. It’s the colour! I love colourful. And I think it’s the shape and form, which manage to convey the essence of the dog, which are so stunning and what makes them into successful art. Have a look at the next one, Terrierist, to see what I mean. Anyone who’s met a West Highland Terrier will recognize that little taut body and the pert eyes riveted on you.

Robert Bradford: terrierist

Besides British-born Robert Bradford, whose work these dogs are, there’s another that manages to convey the animal spirit in her work, Sayaka Kajita Ganz. While Bradford works with plastic toys, Ganz’s materials of choice are reclaimed kitchen utensils. As someone who enjoys cooking I think this is just great. Can I have these in my kitchen, perhaps? Besides the form of the animal she captures motion, wow, does she capture it. Looking at the horses below, I can feel the wind brush me by. I can feel those penguins plunge swiftly into icy waters with the bubbles streaming out behind them. You can watch a video of her working on Emergence  here, see more of her work here.

Sayaka Kajita Gans: Emergence

Sayaka Kajita Gans: Plunge

Discriminating between needing and wanting

30 May

One of my favourite hobbyhorses is the issue of needs versus wants. The oft-quoted excerpt from the Brundtland-Report that goes “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” specifically uses the word needs. Makes absolute sense, given that meeting the essential needs of the world’s poor was highlighted in the Report and given top priority. Except that I often get the impression in countries with a high Human Development Index (or whatever indicator has your preference) we find it very hard to limit ourselves and our solution-finding to needs, perhaps because all of our essential needs are usually well-met in these societies. To me it seems we are actually trying to find ways to meet our wants in a sustainable fashion… Nothing wrong with that, except that half the planet (make that half the population, we won’t go into the needs of other ecosystem members right now) aren’t having their essential needs met right now. And in our era of globalisation all your doing and my doing impacts meeting their needs and vice versa. Can you simplify your wants?

(via ffffound!, via CJwho)