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36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips
April 23, 2014 8:46 AM   Subscribe

36 ventilators, 4.7m³ packing chips (SL video)
posted by Chrischris (32 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite

 
The 2nd circle of hell, if your soul was a packing peanut.
posted by Chrischris at 8:59 AM on April 23 [3 favorites]


This was oddly soothing to watch.
posted by raihan_ at 9:00 AM on April 23 [3 favorites]


Really groovy. The environmental implications are a little unsettling, but really groovy.
posted by nevercalm at 9:09 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]



The 2nd circle of hell, if your soul was a packing peanut.



There is no Hell hot enough or deep enough for packing peanuts. Fuck those things.
posted by louche mustachio at 9:15 AM on April 23 [5 favorites]


The exhibition opens on Saturday, if you're in the area.
posted by effbot at 9:15 AM on April 23


Now do it again except with cats instead of fans.
posted by srboisvert at 9:24 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]


ferrets.

I love that the installation imitates water, even sounding similar.
posted by annsunny at 9:36 AM on April 23 [5 favorites]


It's like the ocean! Only poison. So, like the ocean in 20 years.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:37 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]


Why is the static discharge from that not constantly vaporizing passerbys?

Maybe that's why they shot it from a distance.
posted by Tell Me No Lies at 9:44 AM on April 23 [3 favorites]


Related.
posted by MrMoonPie at 9:50 AM on April 23 [3 favorites]


ferrets.
I love that the installation imitates water, even sounding similar.


Turning and turning in the Styrofoam gyre
The ferret cannot hear the ferreter;
Things fall apart; the cardboard cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed inside a box,
The cute-filmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The revelry of Mustela is drowned;
posted by Chrischris at 9:51 AM on April 23 [7 favorites]


That is gonna be hell to clean up.
posted by that's candlepin at 10:15 AM on April 23 [2 favorites]


I'm glad to see them having fun. Usually they mob me in the leeward corner of a tall building and I don't know if I should feel affection or fear.
posted by vapidave at 10:23 AM on April 23 [1 favorite]


Related

An entire planet shouldered by this tiny insect, zooming through both space and time, completing an orbit of our new styrofoam planetoid each 3.68 seconds.

I am humbles.
posted by furtive at 10:28 AM on April 23


I gotta say I have real love-hate feelings towards installation art. In this case I hate that I didn't think of this first.
posted by GuyZero at 10:37 AM on April 23


That's pretty cool.

I wonder how long those peanuts last until they grind themselves into petrochem dust?
posted by notyou at 10:43 AM on April 23


Nice, though I would have liked to see them crank it up!
posted by fairmettle at 10:51 AM on April 23


I felt like I could watch it all day, and then realized it was looping and started to get really nervous.

It's a good thing I'm already late for work, or I don't know how long I'd be here staring at it.

Also, my heart goes out to whoever has to clean this up afterwards. OMG.
posted by aubilenon at 10:53 AM on April 23


Way cool
posted by Legomancer at 10:57 AM on April 23


I find the loop very soothing - video on one screen, work on the other, 'tis bliss.
posted by idiopath at 10:58 AM on April 23


I can save him the 36 ventilators and let him borrow my two kids. Same effect.
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:19 AM on April 23 [4 favorites]


So when the installation moves to a new museum, what do they pack it in?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 1:03 PM on April 23 [2 favorites]


Boxes.
posted by double block and bleed at 1:55 PM on April 23


So when the installation moves to a new museum, what do they pack it in?

Boxes.


Nah, they just hire nerf herders to blow them down the street with leaf blowers.

While mounted on segways.

It's traditional.
posted by Chrischris at 2:04 PM on April 23 [3 favorites]


The exhibition opens on Saturday, if you're in the area.


If you're in the area, surely bits of the exhibition will find you and stick to your hair and clothes and you will try frantically to get them off you and at some point you will think you will have succeeded but in reality it will just be stuck to your butt.
posted by louche mustachio at 2:55 PM on April 23 [1 favorite]


I would like it if the ventilators were set up with varying levels of power to create a wave undulating through the building
posted by InkaLomax at 3:00 PM on April 23


I can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a certain humor to the fact that the white noise + motion combo is very soothing and evokes a pensive mood yet the whole thing is a result of packing peanuts of all things.
posted by Gymnopedist at 5:10 PM on April 23


The 2nd Circle of Hell is reserved for those sinners overcome by lust. A packing peanut in the 2nd Circle would probably be a paperwork mix-up.
posted by Brocktoon at 6:29 PM on April 23 [1 favorite]


I was one of about 300 kids who "opened" my new high school back in the early 70s. I was in band, and the band room wasn't ready for occupation when school started. But you can't stop the music, and our first task as an ensemble was to unpack all the new school-owned instruments. The baritone sax was the biggest thing still in its original packing box, which was filled (of course) with packing peanuts (which someone immediately christened "albino cheetos"). Our director immediately set the tone for my high school band career by encouraging us to unpack that sax in the funnest way possible. We had packing peanuts everywhere.

In a few weeks the band room was complete, and we left our temporary quarters. Despite our best efforts to clean up after unpacking day, people were still finding albino cheetos in that room when I graduated three years later.
posted by lhauser at 8:09 PM on April 23


Around these parts we call them fancy ventilators "fans".
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 5:16 AM on April 24


If you're in the area, surely bits of the exhibition will find you

Your comment made me realize that Lugano is only a couple of hours away. I will report back if I notice an increased amount of foam peanuts in unexpected locations over the next few weeks.
posted by effbot at 2:07 PM on April 24


The packing peanuts put me in mind of packing bubble wrap which brought to mind that satisfaction that comes from popping bubble wrap bubbles, which suggested a machine that takes spent bubble wrap (in which the bubbles are all popped), recycles it into fresh and bubbly bubble wrap, pops the bubbles a few beats later, and sends the spent sheet back to the front of the machine. Bubble wrap begins anew.

If you wanted to make it interactive for museum-goers, you could let them do the popping.
posted by notyou at 3:14 PM on April 24


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