Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I've moved!

objectindex is now on tumblr.


I love you

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, ca. 1527-1593). The Four Seasons, ca. 1590. Oil on poplar.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (Italian, ca. 1527-1593). Water, 1566. Oil on limewood.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Aaron Francis on Moby Dick, Chapter 5

by aaron francis


"Royal College of Art graduate Iola Kalliopi Sifakaki designed a dinner service cast from her own body and then invited a dozen of her male friends to feast from the tableware.
"The dinner service, and the dining furniture Sifikaki designed, are based on the Greek myth of Tantalus, in which Tantalus boils his son Pelops and offers him up as food to the gods to appease them."
from dezeen

Thursday, July 2, 2009

food dispenser

ExtraRoom by Gunnar Green (in collaboration with Bernhard Hopfengaertner).

"The image above shows the 'food dispenser". The subject would suck nutrients from it: normal meals would indeed be too rich in stimuli (shape, textures, ordering on the plate, smell, etc.). Besides, their elimination would erase any sense of time. The rest of the room would be totally bland and white, with only a toilet. It is soundproof and features no window. The architecture of the room with its surfaces that are never horizontal nor vertical induces mental unrest.

It has been observed that deprivation rooms increase the receptivity to propaganda. After 36 hours spent in the room, the mind of its inhabitant would be ready to receive desirable messages through speakers. The input would be repeated several times until the appropriate psychological alteration has been reached. The door will then open. The person can now go back to their normal life."

from wemakemoney

narcotic vaporizer and high heel

Tommaso Lanza, RCA

"3 pairs of custom made Salvatore Ferragamo 6cm high heel shoes size 6. Black patent leather, fine stitching details. High-quality clear leather inner lining. Each left shoe features a retractable electronic key device in the heel. Late entry lot, believed to be part of CFO Sherron Tischler’s personal collection."

"Lot of 30 Careco CC600 narcotic vaporisers featuring biometric identification via an integrated IriScan system. The CC600 was produced sparingly and sold to a very limited number of corporate customers. The double nozzle system is automatically sanitized after each use. The chosen narcotic is easily refilled by removing the front panel which is secured by an electronic lock at the bottom of the casing."

via wemakemoney

Monday, June 29, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Props for the Scandinavian version of Tampopo

Amsterdam designer Aldo Bakker's series of porcelain tableware.
(From dezeen)

If one were to imagine a slicker Scandinavian version of Tampopo, director Juzo Itami's Japanese "Spaghetti western," Aldo Bakker's porcelain vessels could be props for the young man in the white suit and his lover. To date, two scenes from Tampopo still rank as my all-time favorite erotic film moments.
Watch these scenes (the egg yolk and the oyster) below. I'm somehow imagining a fantastical collaboration between Bakker and Itami, but I'm not quite sure how that would manifest in reality...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Danse Serpentine - Loie Fuller

found at Overduin and Kite

Late 19th century hand-colored film recording a dance performance by pioneer of modern dance, Loie Fuller.

Haim Steinbach on Mike Kelley

From Exhibition
"Haim Steinbach on Mike Kelley" at Overduin and Kite

In discussing his work, Haim Steinbach writes,


1. An object is defined by its relationship to another object(s). Meaning is generated through the play of objects; in how they are placed, acting on one another. The viewer is engaged to complete the story, to solve the riddle.

2. Objects function in our lives as forms of communication. An object is a story in itself and at the same time it is a vessel ready to receive any projection brought upon it by the subject/viewer.

3. Objects are employed as figures of speech. For example, the “Kong” rubber dog chew may be read as a marker of time, like a point at the end of a sentence, a comma, a semicolon, or an exclamation mark.

4. The choice of objects and their grouping reflects their typological affinities and metonymic relationships.

5. Some approaches of choice in the selection and arrangement of objects are:

(a)The object(s) that have been in the possession of the artist for some time may be put together with a newly found or bought object. With experience, personal, historical, social, intellectual etc. a connection may be made with an object already internalized and a newly arrived object at a moment of recognition. (For instance “Mr. Peanut”)

(b) An object or objects in the possession of another individual are put into a new play by the artist.

(c) A complete arrangement in the possession of an individual is lifted in its original order and re-framed in another format of presentation.

6. Found statements have already been objectified in the formation of their content, typeset and the spacing between letters, words and sentences. In this respect they too are objects and are taken as such. ”

Artists who put things on shelves

Above: Haim Steinbach "Matter grey"

Above: Haim Steinbach "Bricks and rats"

Above: William Pope L (?)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fruit Condom

from Dezeen

Love Design, Milan presents the Fruit Condom, by Quentin Simonin & Morgane Pluchon.
It's very pretty.
If I understand correctly, it's re-usable (it ought to be, since a small tear would not put the user at risk of disease or impregnation).
Not yet on the market.