Weekly Sightings

Kath Weider-Roos is the Creative Arts Producer at A&D. She snaps photos and asks questions.

Ah, what to do with those burger wrappers after a fast food binge?

This protective fat suit appeared in a case in the hallway the other day, next to more sculptural pieces along with photos of how they are to be worn in public spaces.

Turns out the pieces came out of Jess Frelinghuysen's class called Concept, Form, Context: The Human Being, a required core course for every first year student. 

The assignment is something like this:

Using your own body as a starting point, create a work from commonly available everyday stuff (that is usually discarded after use) as an extension of your own human body. Then interact with your body extension in a way that significantly alters our perception of it as waste.

I think the assignment originally came from John Marshall who also teaches the class. But Jess, in keeping with her own interests in public interventions, added another dimension to the project: to think about the context in which their 'body extension' would be worn and literally take it out into the world, to that place.




Dedicated employee that he is, Josh Morton put some Starbucks Gift Cards to good use and made these collapsable ear extensions. Apparently, the ears fulfill two of Josh's needs: 1) to hear the customers orders over the extraneous noise in the coffee shop, and 2) to close them up when he doesn't want to hear gossip from his co workers. They fold in and out like a radial shell. The plastic card material turned out to be the perfect material for the job since it mimics the cartilage of the ear.

And let's be real, what would you rather have: another grande caramel skim latte with extra whip OR collapsable ear extensions?

Here are some more picts from the class:

Haley Hoard turn the "dunce cap" into the more generous (and zen) "quiet mind cap", with her piece Guided Thought. It is a hat for meditation, reflection and memory and holds small boxes that are suspended in the cone shape. The different colors over the eyes are designed to make you feel one way or another depending on the mood you want to achieve.

(This may come in handy come finals time around here.)



This is Emma Berger.  She wanted to extend her jaw and combine it with her need for eating oatmeal (a personal obsession) on the go. She crafted this 'Beard Bowl' out of morning newspaper and looked at the formation of the upper mandible and sinuses for making other little pockets or drawers in the upper part that hold other useful things.

The Beard Bowl has a straw and a plastic beard insert so she can put her hot oatmeal in it and slurp it up in the bus.  This also, apparently, blends in with her plaid shirts.

Sure to be a bestseller with commuters, students and other early risers who can't quite get their breakfast down before leaving the house.

Feeling distant from your friends? Sophie Neslund devised a physical way to connect with others called Heartstrings. Each string goes from her heart to another's. Each connection is
voluntary, and there are also ways to terminate connections, should you choose.
Or a perfect way to literally rope in a date for Valentine's day?
Alecia Hlebechuk wanted to be able to walk down a dark alley at night without fear (and without a can of mace.) Taking a clue from the porcupine, she devised an extension of her spine called the 'Creeper Deterent' from surplus plastic funnels from the Scrap Box and repurposed vinyl sign material.  
If you hate windy winter days as I do, Emily Cedar's "Shelter Wings" may come in handy. Made out of paper plates covered in aluminum foil and meant to shelter one's body (while blending in with the snow?)
Waste not, want not, as they say!
(And, lest we forget: is it not the Stephen Schudlich who makes the hallway exhibits shine so fine?)



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