SubOptimal Systems, Processes, Products

 

Though I ran out of steam in my attempts to end trash forever, in post-production mode, I attempted to organize what I'd done. This became SubOptimal Products, Processes, and Materials, a posthumous R&D division for Dym Products.

SubOptimal PPM generated several documents. They cover topics from inventory, supply chain, manufacturing potentials, performances, to appropriate cultural context.

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Materials collections  PDF  At various times, I accounted for the trash I had on hand.

Manufacturing Performances  PDF  Proposal for manufacturing performances. 2014. Reflecting a dark ecological mood. Has it gotten better since then? Though I'm in a better place, personally, the world, not so much. (Currently thinking about how to concoct good things in the future.) 

Infinite Stripes  PDF  Diagramming materials flow (that old obsession) with found trash. And tipping in some painted stripes. Infinite Stripes, as a term, came into being around this time. The stripes stand in for endlessly moving energy and materials, the relentlessness of human behavior and production. My quiet little stance of confusion and frustration in the face of it.

Materials Flow  PDF  Very Earnest.

 Re-writing the trash pile. 2011  Digital drawing on photograph. Unfinished. Size as desired.

Re-writing the trash pile. 2011

Digital drawing on photograph. Unfinished. Size as desired.

 Getting nowhere. 2016  Ball point pen on onion skin typing paper. 11" x 8.5"

Getting nowhere. 2016

Ball point pen on onion skin typing paper. 11" x 8.5"

 
 An early SubOptimal Products logo. 2008. Found vinyl and clear plastic, thread.

An early SubOptimal Products logo. 2008. Found vinyl and clear plastic, thread.