Wasted

Nicolai Harning, Steffen Thomsen, Malou Kristine Hedemann Gundersen, Brigita Juzenaite & Heine Winthereig

Wasted is an interactive art installation that enables the audience to create their own artworks from recyclable food, which the installation then consumes to mirror wastefulness and exorbitance in a consumer-based society. The present-day consumer culture is producing a vast quantity of waste. A big part of this waste is coming from disposable and unnecessary packaging of products. Especially food products are at fault like individually wrapped slices of cheese or plastic covered fruits like bananas and oranges that already have a natural protective layer.

Because of the digitalisation of our exhibition we would ask you, our audience, to first get acquainted with our artwork by watching these introductory videos:

Wasted is an art installation with a focus on consumption and food waste. The artwork takes inspiration
from the sustainable development goals adopted by the UN in 2015, primarily the 12 th goal which calls for
responsible consumption and production

The present-day consumer culture is producing a vast quantity of waste. A big part of this waste is coming
from disposable and unnecessary packaging of products. Especially food products are at fault like
individually wrapped slices of cheese or plastic-covered fruits like bananas and oranges, that already have a
natural protective layer.
In our project, we want to take a critical look at our relationship with responsible consumption, and how
we assign value to food products.

The excessive mass production and mass consumption of today have resulted in an ever-growing need for
attentive and responsible recycling to protect our environment and prevent an ecological disaster.
Recycling can be divided into 3 categories, downcycling reuse and upcycling:

  • Downcycling is by far the most common practice. There is a material focus on moderating the
    production of new goods. It usually involves the breaking down of materials to create new
    products, albeit at a lower quality and value than the original product.

Paper recycling is a good example of downcycling. When regular writing paper is recycled the fibres
in the paper become weakened. It is therefore made into a pulp that can be used for lower grade
paper like newspapers, toilet paper and carton.

  • Reuse is the practice of maintaining the value of a product. This rarely results in any change to the
    original product other than cleaning and minor repairs. Because of the accessibility of reuse, it is
    also more dependent on social response and charitable action. This includes donating and buying
    second-hand clothes.
  • Upcycling is the least common of the three. Like downcycling, there is a focus on the materials but
    with upcycling, there is also a focus on both what the material represents and the very concept of
    recycling. Upcycling relies heavily on the creativity to use materials from an original object to create
    an entirely different product with a greater value than the original.
  • Examples of upcycling are usually found in art where trash is can be used to make sculptures and
    the sounds of a busy street can be deconstructed and sampled into music. But it can also be
    something as simple as making used pallets into a chair or table. Regardless of the product,
    upcycling is in most cases used to convey an environmentally friendly message.

Wasted is an artwork that runs on your interaction, to deconstruct food and transform it into something
else entirely. Fresh edible food is fed into the machine, controlled by you, and it is up to you whether you
transform it into something greater or lesser. The end product is completely up to your imagination.


WARNING!

By answering yes or no, you are simulating the use and non-use of the physical machine.
By choosing yes you are taking full responsibility for feeding actual food to the artwork.
By choosing no you have declined to use the artwork and the machine will go unfed.

Please do only answer this question once!