Consuming Conversation is an experimental video based on a sculpture by the same name of 200 teacups made from recycled tin cans that responds to and reflects on the consuming conversation of our consumer society.

Conspicuous consumption as a cultural norm flourishes in the rapid-fire pace of changing styles, models, and merchandising and even influences the marketing of art and craft. My work questions whether creativity, content, and craftsmanship are becoming yet another disposable commodity.

Most importantly, the use of recycled packaging as a medium and source of content addresses a spectrum of social and political issues. Hopefully, this work transforms the viewers awareness of their participation and challenges their own complacency.

Producer, Harriete Estel Berman; Video Director, Will Zavala, Morsel Pictures; Music by David Ricard, 2006 (running length: 7:48).

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Porcelain, slipcast and altered with terra sigillata, rubber.
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