Group Exhibition: "Planned Obsolescence" at SJSU
I am pleased to be a part of the group exhibition "Planned Obsolescence" at San Jose State University.
Opening reception: 1/29/2019, 6-7:30pm (lecture 5-6pm)
Exhibition duration: 1/29/2019 - 2/22/2019
A little newer, a little better, a little faster. Like the eager anticipation of the newest smartphone, compulsive human motion and consumption ultimately lead to the hastening of our physical, cultural, and social deterioration. Wrapped up in the capitalist essence that seems to saturate every facet of contemporary culture, the term "Planned Obsolescence" refers to a practice of consumer goods manufacturing companies to engineer rapid consumption through frequent changes in design, termination of spare part inventory, and use of nondurable materials in their products. Like the upgrades of hardware and the updates of software we scramble to keep up with, the term "Planned Obsolescence" is equally an apt description of the human experience. While our individual lives are unique to our own perspectives on reality, components of experiences within our lifespan are partially relatable and replicated by future generations after we have passed away. Each artificially limited useful life contains flaws, weaknesses, and limitations we continuously seek to replace quicker, shortening the replacement cycle of our world, paradigm, and relations more and more. This exhibition applies the ever-shortening lifespan of technological products to what it means to be human. The artists question erasure of identity through commodification and the effect of materialism and waste on objects, traditions, and the environment.