Object Appropriation

by caseypeterson

The Atlantic Cities published an article about Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s newest collection: a series of foldable chairs made of signs from the Occupy Wall Street protests. The clever design seems like a great piece of portable furniture for protestors until you realize they sell for $2,500 each. This art object represents the constant pattern of authentic and often low-cost or low-brow experience being appropriated by the upper class, the 1% in this case, for consumption. We see this in gentrification patterns, Landmark Preservation efforts, etc. The question is if this is a necessary process.

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