Electronics Sculpted from Biodegradable Materials

For his thesis project at Holon Institute of Technology, Shay Castel constructed a series of speakers, clocks and lamps from biodegradable materials. Each piece calls into question the amount of time consumers use products—here, allowing them to comfortably dispose of components when their time is up but also encouraging individuals to use what they’ve acquired while they last. The interior electronic components, however, can stand …

Sony NEX-VG10 vs. Panasonic AG-AF100

Two new DSLR-inspired, consumer-influenced video cameras

Over the last year, droves of filmmakers have been ditching traditional video cameras in favor of the stunningly rich images produced by the ultra-shallow depths of field, bigger sensors and interchangeable lenses of DSLRs with HD capabilities. With the consumer-led phenomenon showing no signs of slowing, both Panasonic and Sony have taken notice, recently announcing models that build on the strengths of DSLRs by adding …

Bahdeebahdu

Repurposed and upcycled works of art confront throwaway culture

The Philadelphia-based multi-disciplinary gallery Bahdeebahdu looks to the natural elements of discarded objects to develop works of fine art, sculpture, furniture and one-off projects. Co-founded by interior designer RJ Thornburg, Bahdeebahdu‘s latest exhibition “Other Nature” included his own works alongside those of eight other like-minded artists. While cleaning the area around his country house, Thornburg accumulated a pile of rusted and deteriorated metal debris he …

Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?

An illustrator's catalog of daily purchases

Now available in book format, “Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today?” is artist Kate Bingaman-Burt’s winsomely self-conscious take on transparency and consumer culture. Beginning in 2002, in the face of growing credit card debt, Bingaman-Burt resolved to give new meaning to the term “retail therapy” by documenting her daily purchases, first with photographs and then with ink drawings. The book chronicles three years of …

Brian Ulrich: Ghosts of Shopping Past

In a timely if sobering reminder of the ever changing retail landscape around us, The Morning News recently posted "The Ghosts of Shopping Past," an online gallery of photographs by Chicago-based lensman Brian Ulrich, whose Copia project we covered in 2008. A collection of exterior and interior retail wastelands, the images starkly implicate our collective failure to not only repurpose the abandoned spaces but to …