Tuesday, December 14, 2010


If you want to lower your fuel consumption and you live in a really sunny place solar cooking is the new fad.

Solar cookers are easy to build. Apparently even a few pieces of cardboard from an old box and some tin foil will do. Give it a try when summer comes (as an alternative to -or combined with- your BBQ)!

Retail solar cookers are available as well (bottom picture).

Of course you need to have all your cooking done before sundown.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


Hindu Gods are very hungry. An endless stream of pilgrims offer puja's, mostly in the form of food, a few times a day to their favourite deity.

Indian artist Subodh Gupta uses the shiny stainless steel pots, found in every Indian household, to create sculptures or as subject/material for his paintings.

Subodh Gupta, 'Very Hungry God' (2006)

Subodh Gupta, 'Line of Control' (2009?)

Thursday, December 9, 2010


The essence of recycling is that what you throw out comes back to you to be used again.

The sports equipment ultimately embodying this is of course the boomerang, famous for naming a theory of reactance.

German artist Wolf von Kries parcelled and stamped a handmade boomerang and sent it off to Australia to an non-existant address. After a while the parcel was returned to his own address.

Wolf von Kries, 'Boomerang' (2002)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Berlin artist Angela Lubic created a graphical 3-dimensional basketball court projected on the outer wall of a school building. 3 basketball hoops are attached within the graphics. A pedestrian zone is transformed in a recreational zone for sport and exercise

The entangled lines of the courts are very disorientating and with a third hoop it seems new rules are in order to play the game.

Angela Lubic, 'Jump and Win' (2010)

Saturday, December 4, 2010


The fitness of the human body and art have a lifelong relationship. The modernists of the Bauhaus were aware of that. Mandatory in the education program of the Dessau arts & crafts institute was physical exercise.

László Moholy-Nagy, 'Sport Makes Appetite' (1927)

Oskar Schlemmer, 'Mann' (1928)

T. Lux Feininger, 'Sport Am Bauhaus' (1928)

Thursday, December 2, 2010


Patrick Bérubé, Canadian artist, made this piece as part of a larger installation 'Allégories de la Débilité ...' consisting of satirical objects with confusing and contradictionary content.

Patrick Bérubé, 'Allégories de la Débilité ...' (detail, 2010)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


THE biggest influence on streetwear-fashion must come from RUN DMC, masters of hip-hop!
Their record 'My Adidas' (1985) revived the Adidas company single handed and introduced the unlaced sneaker to the world of fashion.

Here's a video of DMC explaining it himself:

Run DMC's record boss Russell Simmons later launched his own streetwear fashion label: Phat Farm ('phat' as in 'cool', not 'fat'!)

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Installation artist Michel de Broin proposes a human fat recycle project much in the same way as the origin of this blog (fitness feedback inc.).
In his model for 'Reciprocal Energy' he suggests that human fat, economised by driving motorized means of transport, should be made available as fuel for these vehicles. Through the combination of a liposuction clinic and a fuel station both the problems with obesity and fuel shortage can be tackled in one go.

Michel de Broin, 'Station' (2003)

"The model presents a development project for a liposuction clinic directly related to a gas station where the human fat will be resold as anthropo-diesel fuel. The liquidating of fat will be refunded at the market price (per liter) of biodiesel, wherein the price of fuel reaches that of the cost of extraction by liposuction."

To see more images go here: Reciporcal Energy by Michel de Broin.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


Designers/artists Stella Boess and Stefan Gross created an interactive luminous punching bag for box training. The bag, glowing red on approach, will lit op locally when you hit it and changes color according the aggressiveness of your mood and the input amount of energy.

“We made this work because we had enough of all those shallow and balmy emotions evoked by LED lighting. We wanted to entice people to become physically active in a museum.”

At the moment they are working on 'Love Hate Punch' V.2.0.

Stella Boess/Stefan Gross - 'Love Hate Punch' (2008)


In today's fashion the sportswear industry seems to be the top player - the aesthetics of sportswear globally accepted - the brands themselves iconic status symbols and social codes.

Hanneke Wetzer - from the series 'Eye Be Dazzled' (2010)


Saturday, November 20, 2010


And yes ... another topic related track by The Fall in another DIY video-clip:

'Eat Y'self Fitter' by The Fall (1983)


Making art is an exercise as well proves artist Anouk Kruithof.

In her installations she makes use of photography to build 3-dimensional structures.

'The Daily Exhaustion' is a newspaper filled with portraits of the artist in a state of exhaustion by the process of making art. The newspaper is presented in a stack as an installation.

To the workaholic, production is exercise.

Anouk Kruithof, 'The Daily Exhaustion' (2010)


Friday, November 19, 2010

M-EILAND (recycling sculpture)

Artist Stefan Gross made the floating sculpture 'M-Eiland' (M-Isle) for an exhibition in a canal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 'M-Eiland' (the iconic yellow M it's building block) was to be recycled as fast food for city birds, mostly seagulls. In a daily changing sequence the sculpture gradually disappeared, leaving nothing but an empty platform and birds considering the leftovers.

Stefan Gross - 'M-Eiland' (2010)


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Kickers for the season

Football and hooliganism is a reoccuring theme in the songs of The Fall for over 30 years now. The Fall is of course the band behind it's nucleus, genius and only permanent member Mark E. Smith.
DIY punk, DIY video clip.

'Kicker Conspiracy' by The Fall, 1983

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Among the themes in Paul McCarthy's complex yet humoristic work one finds, besides sex and politics, a large preoccupation with 'metabolism'. Tomato ketchup and choclate sauce are standard ingredients of his performances since the '70's with bags of flour and an occasional raw sausage thrown in for good measure. Commenting on modern society food and its counterpart are far from shunned as inevitable realities.
His early perfromance 'Rocky' (1976) has besides nudity only two other ingredients: boxing gloves and ketchup.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


In his work "A.C. Forniture Sud" (1991) Maurizio Cattelan assembled a football team of Senegalese immigrant workers living in Italy. The work is a comment on both every Italian boy's dream as well as social and political realities professional sports in Italy and the rest of Europe have to deal with.

Friday, October 22, 2010


Duane Hanson - 'Jogger' (1983) mixed media - Saatchi Gallery

DANCE ENERGY: Sustainable Dance Floor

Exercise generates energy. The inventors and devellopers of the Sustainable Dance Floor were very well aware of that. Rotterdam based Enviu (innovators in sustainability) and Döll (architects) launched the first sustainable dance event in Off-Corso in their home city in the Netherlands. The dancefloor reacts and activates through the motion of the clubbers.
The SDF is rapidly spreading thoughout the world and a stadium sized dancefloor is their next goal.

Sustainable Dance Floor XL from Sustainable Dance Club on Vimeo.

A Gentleman's Game

The discussion about sport and society goes back centuries.
In antique philosophy health of mind and body were contected.
In the middle ages monks, who invented many of the forerunners of nowadays popular sports like tennis and baseball, were frowned upon as their spiritual life surely sufferd from playing games.
Ball games were all the rage in the European cities at least since the 15th century. In the Netherlands playing ball games was prohibited and abandoned to beyond the city walls due to too many inconveniences caused like smashed glass windows and over run pedestrians. Eventually halls and enclosed courts were built within the cities to accomodate the sportsman.
It seems, viewing pictures from that age, that ball sports were rather a gentleman's games.
In this day and age the social debate on sports focusses mainly on the use of drugs, but also on concerns about fans/hooligans and superstardom: 'show me the money!'.

Monday, October 18, 2010



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