SUPERFLUOUS CONSUMPTION - INSTALLATION VIEW

THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION WHERE THE VIEWERS ARE INVITED TO COME AND SIT IN THE ARM CHAIR, EAT A FEW OF THE SNACKS AND WATCH THE TELEVISION. THE INSTALLATION USES A 21" TELEVISION, VCR, FAN HEATER, FLOOR LAMP, ARMCHAIR AND VARIOUS SNACKS. WE CONSUME CHEMICAL ENERGY IN THE FORM OF FOOD IN ORDER TO FUNCTION. HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES CONSUME ELECTRICAL ENERGY TO ALLOW THEM TO FUNCTION.

THE SNACK FOOD USED IN THE INSTALLATION ARE: A SALTED PEANUT CONTAINING 16960 JOULES, A READY SALTED CRISP CONTAINING 22180 JOULES, A COOL ORIGINAL DORITO CONTAINING 42800 JOULES, AN ORIGINAL HULA HOOP CONTAINING 17440 JOULES AND A FLAMIN' HOT MONSTER MUNCH CONTAINING 20840 JOULES

THE APPLIANCES USED IN THE INSTALLATION ARE: A SAVILLE TELEVISION USING 150 WATTS, A JVC VIDEO CASSETTE RECORDER USING 24 WATTS, THE DIMPLEX FAN HEATER USING 2400 WATTS AND THE IKEA FLOOR LAMP USING 60 WATT GIVING A TOTAL OF 2634 WATTS

A DIRECT COMPARISON IS MADE BETWEEN THE CHEMICAL ENERGY CONSUMED BY EATING A SNACK FOOD AND THE ELECTRICAL ENERGY CONSUMED BY THE APPLIANCES. THE RESULT GIVES THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT THE ENERGY OF A SINGLE CRISP COULD POWER ALL OF THE APPLIANCES IN THE ROOM. THIS TIME IS INDICATED BY THE DURATION IN WHICH IT APPEARS ON THE TV SCREEN.

TIME = ENERGY/POWER
FOR A SALTED PEANUT TIME = 16960/2634 = 6.44 SECONDS ON SCREEN
FOR A READY SALTED CRISP THE TIME IS 8.42 SECONDS ON SCREEN
FOR A COOL ORIGINAL DORITO THE TIME IS 16.24 SECONDS ON SCREEN
FOR AN ORIGINAL HULA HOOP THE TIME IS 6.62 SECONDS ON SCREEN
FOR A FLAMIN' HOT MONSTER MUNCH THE TIME IS 7.91 SECONDS ON SCREEN


SUPERFLUOUS CONSUMPTION - INSTALLATION VIEW
SUPERFLUOUS CONSUMPTION - INSTALLATION VIEW
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SUPERFLUOUS CONSUMPTION