The Museum of No Good

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The fourth annual Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) is right around the corner. The weeklong event from January 20-26, 2014, promotes and celebrates new and innovative design experiences across Toronto. What I like most about the festival is that it exposes the general public to the next generation of designers. It allows art and design to be more accessible to individuals because it is happening in and around their neighbourhood.
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This year, the DUKE presentation centre will be hosting The Museum of No Good. Curated by Evan Pavka and Naomi Tallin, the installation addresses the anthropocentric need to perpetually produce useful objects resulting in an archaeology of useless tools disregarded as a result of their perceived necessity.
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The Museum of No Good seeks to expose this cycle of waste by exploring distinct phases of necessity through their objective productions exhibiting a variety of so-called tools that, through their form, materiality, context, or symbolism, are effectively no good.

The Museum of No Good is a collaboration with friends, designers and fellow students of Ryerson University. All the works in the exhibit look at what ‘use is’ means through deconstructed form, context, symbolism, and really fully exploring what a ‘tool is’.”

Evan Pavka

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“We use the tool because it reflects our needs as a society and tools change because our needs change. But also, some tools have been with us for so long and they are continually needed while others have a much shorter life span so we thought it would be a great topic to explore especially at an event like Toronto Design Offsite Festival (TO DO) which is all about making new tools and showing how these new things are consumer objects. The museum of no good is about art objects, objects that can’t be consumed and focus on a more exploratory experience.”

Naomi Tallin

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“We redesigned cell phones and took icon cell phones of their eras and redefined them with their shape creating flip books with the most iconic things within the phone. It symbolizes how they influence our lives and how it shapes our every day life differently. The name of the installation is called ‘DIS(CONNECT)’ it symbolizes how you use the cell phone to connect with people but maybe at the same time it disconnects you from what you are actually engaging in.”

Tracy Chan & Nadia Pulez

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“I created a spoon-pipe entitled ‘CECI NʼES T PAS UNE CUILLÈRE’ which is created from Magritte ‘Treachery of Images’. It’s based off a surrealist painting that pokes fun at the impracticality of the tool itself even though it is meant to be a spoon.”

Luke Greidanus

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“I designed a dress entitled ‘DESPERATE HOUSEWIFE’ that at first glance looks like it is for a 1950s housewife. It appears conservative but I have stitched an ‘x’ around the bust which makes it unwearable to a conservative housewife with this sexual innuendo.”

Amanad McGroarty

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“We did a poster entitled ‘ALMOST PERFECT’ that speaks to the obsession with perfection and imperfection that is prevalent in today’s society. The incomplete circle is the embodiment of this idea of ‘no good’ where almost perfect is ‘no good’. Both of us have this obsession with perfection so we wanted to do a piece that talked about this perfection, and where it comes from. It relates to a tool because we wanted to focus on the wheel which was one of the first tools. And in these first objects is where man became obsessed with perfection. The perfect circle embeds a nasty truth in that perfect circles are smoother rides.”

Lucy McGroarty & Adam Veroni

“The ‘SUITCASE SIDE TABLE takes an obsolete object that was discarded, which I found on the street and gave it new purpose and functionality by turning it into a table and giving legs to it and giving it new use to something that was considered garbage.”

Harry Dieu

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