Thursday, March 29, 2007

at Fraction Workspace, 1711 N. Honore, Chicago



http://obsessiveconsumption.com/

7 comments:

YiRan said...

Carrie should look at this new show in relation to her work about guilty pleasures

RE: said...

I know nothing of Carrie, or her project, but I find embedded in the simple phrase, “Guilty Pleasures” a wobbly finger pointing to another paradoxical phenomenon of today’s cultural landscape. At the same time that today’s subject is bombarded with countless pressures to subscribe to the latest self regulation, i.e. guilt complex, like: “avoid consuming all these things, they’ll kill you;” or, “avoid doing all these things, they’re contributing to the death of the planet;” or, “avoid saying and doing these things, they might inadvertently or indirectly offend, exploit, or harm someone;” ther're equally strong pressures to enjoy and express what’s been left over, and some how “think differently,” as Apple so pointedly asked us to do a few years ago! What’s up with that?

YiRan said...

we were actually discussing today with michael about guilty pleasures and what they entail. carrie can tell you more about her project, but what she's trying to eliminate is the "wobbly finger." listen to this npr broadcast about one man's embarrassment for his love of science fiction novels.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1924195

is there anything wrong with watching i love new york and eating taco bell? or reading comics instead of artforum? or the redeye instead of the wallstreet journal?

YiRan said...

the npr link didn't show up, so just google "guilty pleasures npr" and it's the first thing that comes up.

RE: said...

Lord, I hope there's nothing wrong with eating Taco Bell or reading the Red Eye instead of the Wall Street Journal, I tend to do both excessively, crap, theirs that damn guilt complex!

I'll check out the NPR thing, thanks.

YiRan said...

That's what I think! At the art party today Pam eyed the desserts and picked out an oatmeal raisin cookie, saying it looked like the "healthiest choice." I looked down at my own triple chocolate mousse tart, and commented that I thought it was the "best choice." She sideways glanced at it and said, it's "decadent." I don't think there's anything wrong with that...

Carrie said...

I was able to see the show this weekend, and hear Kate speak on Saturday. We have a lot of similar interests, so I could relate a lot to what she's doing. I'll talk about this more on my blog later, but it functions somewhat like I would like my project to in the future. In particular, she also functions as a safe confessor where others send her information about what they owe or what kind of debt they're in. This wasn't apparent in the show, but I thought it relates nicely to what I want to do.