This week I have an installation up on the third floor called ‘on paper some questions are more important to consider then to answer’ .
I have pages of papers on a shelf on the outside with prompts, and essentially, the viewer feeds the paper through a paper shredder where they are displayed on the inside. Throughout the week the stack of shreddings has been amounting to be a bigger and bigger pile as I knew would happen.
I thought there would be a potential that it would irritate some people that I was being wasteful with my installation, but could not think of a satisfying way to work around it. While at school this morning I went to check on it to find someone had pushed in my button, and shredder, covered the openings by taking the paper covers off and placing over the holes, left a sheet of paper on my shelf that said don’t waste paper, blocked my ‘door’ by using a recycling bin with a frowning face on a sheet of paper in it, as well as moving the garbage can in front of it.
This all leaves me incredibly irritated. I sort of fixed the button and shredder but it looks much worse and doesn’t stay in place, and my covers no longer go over. I’m trying to understand why someone would think this is okay behavior.
I can understand how a manifestation of paper can be perceived as being wasteful,but I’m sure whoever did this, in whatever their practice is, has just as much potential to waste due to whatever materials they use on a weekly basis, it’s just not as obvious because it’s a stack of paper. I by no means try to be excessive in any kind of materials I use, but if it fits my idea, then so be it. I admit with no guilt that I am not the most concerned and informed about being environmentally conscious when it comes to such things but at least I’m not a dick about my views.
Feel free to put me in my place if I’m wrong about this but seriously, some people just need to get off their soapbox and chill.
I am really sorry this happened to your installation :\ I feel like people get carried away with the idea of “hands-on” pieces and think that they can contribute in ANY way they want, destructive or not. How exactly is this wasting paper, anyway…? I’m assuming the shreds would probably get recycled after the piece is over. I could understand the person’s concern if you were setting the paper on fire… It seems like maybe this person was pretty blinded by their own self-righteousness. :(
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Of the few fish that survive this process, most will die within the two months following the trauma, and those that still survive will have lost their coloration within six to ten months. Only about 10 percent of the fish that survive for sale will keep their coloration for any length of time.
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