Archive for December, 2009

Finishing up

December 7, 2009

Here’s a mockup of what my wall will look like.

Sadly these aren’t printed as big as I’d like, cause I didn’t feel like shelling out $150+ to Kinko’s. But there’s a lot of them, so they will fit on the wall nicely, I hope. Ugghh so nervous.

Also, my statement:
Everyone loves their pets. Some people are very adamant about their preference for dogs versus cats. But when it comes to mealtime, would you prefer to eat a dog or a cat? Many animals we consider pets are also considered a delicacy in our own or other countries. Could you look at these adorable animals and then eat them for dinner?


Tasty Meats

December 6, 2009

Mmm, meat. With labels carefully clonestamped out to preserve the illusion.


December 4, 2009

Hermit crabs are skittish

December 2, 2009

Response 7

December 2, 2009

Forgot to post this…

The System of Collecting was a fun article to read, though I disagree with many of his points on collecting. I have had a different experience with my own collections. Baudrillard starts by saying a refrigerator has a function, so one cannot possess it. I would disagree, I think that because the refrigerator is bought, it is possessed. I would consider my laptop my most valuable possession; it holds my life and is my basis for creating art. Not to mention I paid a pretty penny for it, so even though it functions, I own it.

Baudrillard has a very specific view on collections. He says that it usually starts before puberty, and resurfaces in 40 year old men as filling a sort of sexual desire. He says even the most innocent collections, like of porcelain eggs, are collected and hidden with a guilty aura, making it like a fetish. For me, my collections are totally innocent and on display. My collection of Disney DVDs gives me pleasure, and I want to show them off. They are proudly displayed on a shelf so others can be jealous, which is another facet of collecting that Baudrillard agrees on. This collection started later in life, not at any of the times Baudrillard says collecting starts. My collection of stuffed animals, particularly beanie babies, did start before puberty, though. I still display my favorite stuffed animals prominently on shelves or the bed, even if many of them remain in storage from lack of space. Neither of these collections are secret or guilty, so I think Baudrillard is wrong in this sense. No doubt many collections do fill a sort of sexual desire, as he says, but I don’t see it in mine.

I love dogs, so I don’t disagree with Baudrillard saying they are the perfect pet. But cat lovers would have a hard time with that statement. It’s interesting that he again brings up sexuality with the castration of animals. He calls animals objects, which is strange, but brings to mind robotic dogs. If the dog is so perfect, that would make robotic dogs the most perfect object. But one can’t have the same relationship with a fake dog. Baudrillard says “This is why one invests in objects all that one finds impossible to invest in human relationships.” And a dog is something that can love you back, without all the drama of human relationships, so I agree with the idea that a dog, or any pet, is placed in between persons and objects.
In the section “From Quantity to Quality: The Unique Object,” the collector complains about missing one engraving, even though it isn’t good quality. I can empathize with this, because I want to purchase Pinocchio, not because I like the movie, but because I want to complete my collection. This causes a conundrum of not wanting to waste money, but wanting the movie for my collection. Especially before it goes back into the Disney vault and goes up in price. It was enlightening to have this very desire shown by the article. But Baudrillard says collections are made not to be completed, because it causes passion in life. This is interesting to think about. I will never have to worry about ever completing my collection, because Disney makes so many movies. I am focusing on the animated ones, but have no desire for the terrible sequels. Since I will never be able to say I own all of Disney’s animated films, I will never go “mad,” as he says.

Baudrillard had some very interesting and insightful views on collecting, even if his views are overly sexual. After all, “When all is said and done, one never lends out one’s phallus.”