Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Waste Not

How did I miss this?! OK, it probably has something to do with the fact that we live just beyond a day trip's drive to the MoMA, but I am sad that I missed this exhibit from last year - Beijing-based artist Song Dong's installation, titled "Waste Not." Here is a description from the MoMA's Web site:

A collaboration first conceived of with the artist's mother, the installation consists of the complete contents of her home, amassed over fifty years during which the Chinese concept of wu jin qi yong, or "waste not," was a prerequisite for survival. The assembled materials, ranging from pots and basins to blankets, oil flasks, and legless dolls, form a miniature cityscape that viewers can navigate around and through.

Interestingly, I just read about "Waste Not" in an article about hoarding in the University of Michigan's alumni magazine.

LSA Magazine reports: "Cheap overseas labor and materials mean that consumer goods are inexpensive, and people are spending more on things." Hoarding looks like hoarding looks like horading, I guess, wherever you go, but I cannot help wondering whether or not it means the same at the point of production (in China) and at the point of consumption (in the U.S.)

On a side note, LSA Magazine also noted: "Recently southeast Washtenaw County in Michigan created a hoarding task force because so many evictions are hoarding-related."

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