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'!)