the process is the artwork

Waste Line has an existential crisis, Day 2

My waste line today has shrunk since yesterday. It measures only 128cm and weighs merely 116g. Why this dramatic weight loss? It is not solely because organic matter was removed from the line. I suspect she is under the weather. That is why I chose to lift her up on the porch so she could enjoy the magnificent view.
– “I had no idea I was so small”, she said, gazing at the fjords.
– “The sky is clearing up”, I told her, “so you won’t have to be buried in snow anymore”.
But she paid me no attention, already feeling the burden of knowledge. What’s the point? Where do I come from? Where am I headed?
– “It is about time I found out” she said
– “What about?” I replied
– “Lineage. My lineage”.

Waste Line, Day 2

Waste Line, Day 2, detail

Weight: 116g
Length: 128cm

About Waste Line: Each day the narrator’s personal non-organic waste is lined up, photographed, weighed and measured for the sake of art. Waste Line is literally the story of a line of waste, who is just as concerned with her own origins and wherabouts in life as the rest of us. This tentative project is based on the conceptual and dynamic art piece conceived by the Norwegian artist Rasmus Hungnes, which was inspired by Ellen Ringstad’s organic waistline. Coincidentally, the author of the story is Ellen Ringstad herself. You can follow and contribute to his open-source project on the blog Read more about their collaborative project on this post. All related posts can be found here.

2 responses

  1. Jonas Sivenidisen

    your waste line is 116gram, there was 116 killed or perished un staff during 2010, and the street number of the address i grew up in was 116

    January 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

  2. Pingback: Waste Line, Day 3 « Refuse to be a coward

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