Consumption Junction

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, 1973
Dan Graham, Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall, (1986-2005), 2005
Nicola Lopez, White Noise, 2006
Ester Partegas, Experience Life, 2007, from the series We the People
The Miss Rockaway Armada, 2006. photograph by Santiago Mostyn

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle, 1973

downloaded from UbuWeb and transferred to DVD, 88 minutes

Dan Graham, Death by Chocolate: West Edmonton Shopping Mall, (1986-2005), 2005

video, 8 minutes, color, sound

courtesy of Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Nicola Lopez, White Noise, 2006

ink, graphite on paper, 44.5 x 44.5 inches

courtesy of Caren Golden Fine Art, New York

Ester Partegas, Experience Life, 2007, from the series We the People

inkjet ultrachrome archival print, 44 x 50 inches

courtesy of the artist and Foxy Production, New York

The Miss Rockaway Armada, 2006. photograph by Santiago Mostyn

slide installation and photographs

courtesy of the artists

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There is currently an extraordinary surge of interest in the state of the environment as we become increasingly aware of the cultural and ecological consequences caused by acts of over-consumption. A number of green organizations, labels, and certifications have contributed to more environmentally conscious ways of living and pushed these issues to a public forefront. But egregious waste, over-indulgence and mass consumerism continue to define contemporary society. Environmental activism is expressed in the things we buy and how we live, demonstrating our support for a better world through collective consumption of organically certified and socially accepted green products, actions and services. Alas, it is still consumption.

So how do we live an effective, environmentally sound life? In Consumption Junction participants seek to make us think more about these issues and other topics related to the general impact humans make on the earth. Through insightful cultural criticisms and whimsical, imaginative alternatives set somewhere between reality and fiction, the artists, writers, designers, thinkers, filmmakers and performers in the exhibition share a sensitivity to this worldwide environmental movement and ecological crisis. We are encouraged to contemplate these issues a little more deeply at a juncture where excessive consumption and the environment meet.

Consumption Junction archive

Amy Chan, Guy Debord, Design Management AS, Dan Graham, Komar & Melamid, Learning Group, Nicola López, Scott Massey, Miss Rockaway Armada, Ester Partegás, Tim Rietenbach, 5.5 Designers

Curator

James Voorhies

Institution

Columbus College of Art & Design, OH
Sep 13—Dec 8, 2007

Made possible with grants from Greater Columbus Arts Council and Ohio Arts Council with support from Columbus College of Art & Design