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Saturday, 29 March 2014


"Dirt" is a drawing made of soil. It is a part of my recent work  “Making Sense”. I used few hands of soil and five days to create the work, and only two minutes to clean the “Dirt”. Temporality of the drawing creates special tension between time and space. There is something about seriousness and engagement when working with soil. Fighting against materiality and preservation of art work I find intriguing, specially when working with so fragile element like soil. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

"414 km West to East", exhibition at Ardna, University of Tromsø

The second year BA students at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art started out their spring semester with a study trip to Finnmark with lectures and seminars focusing on sami culture and traditional knowledge systems. After the trip, the students have been working with individual works questioning ideas and topics related to the trip, such as, growing up in the northern parts in the world, what does "natural" mean and what is not present in nature.
The students have presented their work at the sami culture house, Árdna at the University Campus in Tromsö the 11th of March. On the 10th of April the students will go back to  Kautokeino to exhibit at 

Making sense

The influence of capitalism to our society and the Planet is hard to ignore. Capitalism is behaving like a virus, affecting everything on Earth.
Economic system became a foundation for human existence. Countries without healthy industry are being left in agony and despair. People are blindly following the movement of capital, in the heliocentric system of Capitalism.
Consequences of destructive capitalistic systems are noticeable, climate change, extinction of species, overuse of commons and many more. Rights to use commons come with the power. Power comes with money, and money comes with capitalism.  Private companies and corporations in agreement with state and authorities are often the ones that are using Commons. The rights of individuals are not considered when economic interest comes in question.
If we think of Capitalism as a movement of commodities and accumulation of capital or a system of objectives laws, rule of law opposed to rule of man, then I can think of capitalism as a force in our society that is leading the society in one way direction. According to journalist Amitai Etzioni this direction is ruled by law of capitalism, law of accumulation, consumerism (a social disease). The requiem is conducted by Capitalism. We have to adapt to capitalism´s odd nature. Follow technological developments, consumption trends, adapting to changing moral and social hierarchies in our society.
On the other hand, minerals from earth are used in construction, technology, energy, food and drinks, newspapers, transportation etc. Basically elements from nature are in every segment of human life and it´s not possible to live without it. But the problem is that use of nature has a color, and it is the color of money and capitalism.
Can we escape capitalistic magnet force, and stop the industrial machinery? The right question is do we want this; we need a big debate on this topic. Debate where all knowledges and all sides of the table would be consider equal in the discussion.

Marsil Andjelov Al-Mahamid

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Consumption and dive!

Consumption is usually defined as final purchase of goods and services. Consumption is at the end of the cycle of economic activities that starts with an evaluation of available resources and proceeds through production and distribution of goods and services. One question we can raise is how long can producers economically survive if no one buys their goods and services? From this perspective, consumers are essential to the mechanism that makes the economy running. Definition of “sovereign consumer” implies someone who independently makes decisions. But what if those decisions are heavily influenced by norms and aggressive marketing by enterprises? Who “rules” then? When we look at an economy from this perspective, we can see that consumer behavior is often cultivated as a means to the ends of producers, rather than the other way around.

Some people have consumerist values (the belief that meaning and satisfaction in life are to be found through the purchase and use of consumer goods) or attitudes. They always want to consume more, and their meaning and satisfaction in life, to a large extent, is seen through the purchase of new consumer goods. Consumerism as part of a historical process has created mass markets, industrialization, and cultural attitudes that ensure that rising incomes are used to purchase ever-growing commodities.

Our healthy and productive economy... demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we seek our spiritual and ego satisfaction, in consumption... We need things consumed, burned up, worn out, replaced, and discarded at an ever-increasing rate. 

Increasing consumption is an important goal in situations where people have insufficient goods and services. However, as the human race grows richer, it becomes significant to recognize that more consumption is not always better. Increasing consumption can be worse for individuals who may suffer from overeating, psychological disturbances from certain kinds of overstimulation, and from exclusive or excessive attention to material things. It is evident that there can be such a thing as too much consumption. The use of reference groups creates a paradox: we can apparently never have enough to be satisfied, because there is always someone with more than we have. More consumption of goods that use up nonsustainable resources in their production and generate waste materials also means more degradation of the natural environment. High-consuming countries have an impact on the natural environment that is out of proportion to their populations.

One response of the society on this destructive consumption style is dumpsters diving. Dumpster diving practice emerged as an environmentally and socially conscious way of life contrary to the wastefulness of consumer society and throw-away culture, and is becoming part of reality.