The WhiFfy Router is a homeopathic remedy for blogger burnout and internet addiction that combines the soothing scents of an aromatherapy diffuser with the reassuring presence of your WiFi router’s flickering light. In other words, it’s a hand-built ceramic sculpture of a WiFi router that transmits the calming smell of essential oils using the heat of a candle.
In many homes the WiFi router serves as a sort of altarpiece to our contemporary lifestyle, similar to a religious or ceremonial artifact, such as an incense burner (which also spreads sensory signals throughout its environs). The WhiFfy Router presents these contemporary objects in a new light.
A few people have already made some amazing DiyMall zines of their own. Look out for them on your next domestic flight ;) (more…)
I’m participating in an intriguing exhibition put together by Edel O’Reilly of Catalyst Arts in Belfast, Northern Ireland, called BASIC OPERATION. Essentially, they’ve asked New York-based artists to submit ideas for projects that Belfast-based artists will respond to by making their own versions of the ideas over the next few weeks.
BASIC OPERATION examines ways of collaboration and authorship. Is it the artist who proposes the initial starting point the author, or the one who furthers and embellishes the idea? Or are they merely a filter? In what form can collaboration take place and, furthermore, must a work of art be unique, or can it be created independently by other artists?
Can’t wait to see what comes to lite!
In response to the recent news that SkyMall, the single greatest consolation for flying budget airlines in the United States, may soon be no more, I decided to revisit the premise of a project proposal I wrote a few years ago that never really took off. (more…)