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The Uncomfortable is a collection of deliberately inconvenient everyday objects by Athens-based architect Katerina Kamprani


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    They should have included a cell phone without a headphone jack.

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      Alternative installation names considered were:

      • “The Javascript Standard Library”
      • “Legacy PHP”
      • “OpenGL 2.2”
      • “Android APIs, a summary”
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        “C++ done like it were C”

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          The big thing that makes those a little more tractable is the existence of multiple extra mental limbs for programmers.

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          My goal is to deconstruct the invisible design language of simple everyday objects and tweak their fundamental properties in order to surprise you and make you laugh.

          This just made my day. Kudos.

          I love how these items appear familiar initially, but once you start toying with the idea of using them the absurdity of their design starts dawning on you. Some are just impossible (the watering can), some are impractical (the tea set) and some would require their users to devise a new social setting to make them borderline usable (the champagne glass).

          This is a very technical, non-verbal humor. Google for “user interface fail” images for a lot more.

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            The long mug and wide teapot actually go together fairly well. They’d make a fun novelty set.

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              But how would you drink from the long mug?

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              Really fucking inconvenient that each item fades out to invisible as it scrolls into view.

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                I legitimately would buy some of these products just to make my day more frustrating.

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                  This reminds me of http://unsatisfying.tv

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                    Are these actual items that the artist crafted, or are they done on CAD?

                    Imagination is part of art yes, but a lot of art is actually working with the physical world with real materials and keeping the concept in the head. Doing something on CAD and even 3D printing them is not really art for me. As more things get automated then end product is not so much art as is the process of arriving at it.

                    If the wine glass were really blown by the artist, or if the pot were really shaped and baked by the artist them I think that is an accomplishment.

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                      You seem to be conflating art with craft.

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                        Perhaps. But I’m more making a comment on the philosophy of it all. I guess it’s worth a blog post. In short, as a human I am allowed to determine what moves me, and the knowledge that this was not the product of human hands but rather mostly done by a computer lessens it’s aesthetic value for me personally.

                        Escher, for example moves me more than the more complex computer generated art that is perhaps conceptually more complex. This is because I sit and wonder “How the hell did he conceive of this? How did he make the lines meet? How did he get this effect? How many times did he have to make that sketch, over how many years? And in the end, he kept it all in his head, and made a woodcut with his own hands!”

                        Or when I look at a oil paintings I marvel at the actual physical ness of the paint on the canvas and how the artist has learned to make use of the vagaries of the medium to get a particular effect that happens because of the way the paint flows and dries.

                        Even with photography, the artist uses light and has to work with the properties of the light and has to flow their ideas around that constraint.

                        With all this CAD stuff I look at a few and just think, wow, so perfect and so lifeless.

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                          I think this is a needlessly limited conception of what art can be. Were poets writing in iambic pentameter not artists because they obeyed some artificial constraint? What if Escher used a ruler, or compass and protractor, to aid in the geometric precision of his work? Could photography be art? How about digital photography? Ymmv of course, but I think it’s fairly arbitrary to say “you must have done this only with your hands” for it to be art. What about ballet then, or singing? The artist presumably typed/drew the commands in CAD.

                          Especially as people who work largely with software, I’ve found it immensely mentally refreshing to visit my closest museum of contemporary art periodically for the specific purpose of subtly expanding what I can see creativity in.

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                        Are these actual items that the artist crafted, or are they done on CAD?

                        Top of the page. All, 3D Visualization, Prototypes.

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