For the Útil 2013 Competition: Use Less + (2013)

Use less + (2013) by LCVS

Útil 2013

The Use Less + installation simply challenges everything, and the use of aesthetics in communication in particular. Although the installation might seem a bit old-fashioned in the smartphone + google glass age, it is nonetheless less functional. People can instantly use the installation for whatever they like, except for disconnecting the power cable. A video example of a body workout is projected on the table on the wall. If people want to use the installation in a more ‘constructive’ mental and social manner, they can surf the internet to search for a job, sign a petition in support of Ai Weiwei or against animal cruelty, et cetera. But people are also free to not use the installation, or to only aesthetically use it without any actual outcome. The content of the installation is thus always open for alteration.

use less installation view

Work description:

The installation Use Less + ( (2013) contains a random table, chair + chair, and computer with internet connection which people can use for free. A video (CLICK HERE) is projected on the table on the wall next to attached A4-papers.

A photo of the installation will appear on When people google the work they can see the installation in which they take part. During the Útil 2013 exhibition I will also shoot a little video of the installation and upload it, which then can be seen in the work itself on and the lcvonsukmeister Youtube-channel.

On the computer screen a collection of photo’s from newspapers and other material will run as screen saver, which of course is changeable by any other user of the installation.

A4-papers consist of articles/quotes from:

Bourdieu, Pierre & Haacke, Hans. Free Exchange. Stanford University Press 1995.

Diederichsen, Diederich. On (Surplus) Value in Art. Sternberg Press 2008

Dienst Uitvoering Onderwijs, Verzoek verlagen maandbedrag studieschuld 2012.

Financial Stability Board. Update of group of global systemically important banks (G-SIBs). Basel, November 1, 2012.

Gielen, Pascal.  The Art Scene. An Ideal Production Unit for Economic Exploitation? Open 2009.

Holmes, Brian. ‘Liar’s poker. Representation of Politics/Politics of Representation.’ In: Springerin,1, 2003.

Morozov, Evgene. The Net Delusion. The Dark Side of Internet Freedom.  New York 2011.

Riding, Alan. ‘Slides and sunbathing: Art or entertainment?’ In: The International Herald Tribune,  Thursday November 2, 2006.

Saltz, Jerry. ‘Money, Insularity, and a Huge Controversy for the New Museum.’ In: New York Magazine, November 11, 2009.

Saltz, Jerry. ‘Art Moralists. Give the New Museum a break.’ In: New York Magazine, November 15, 2009.

Saltz, Jerry. ‘Saltz on Defending the New Museum.’ In: New York Magazine, November 16, 2009.

Sontag, Deborah & Pogrebin, Robin. ‘Some Object as Museum Shows Its Trustee’s Art.’ In: The New York Times, November 10, 2009.

Spam e-mail by mr. Mong Hoi, Tuesday December 27, 2011.

Stallabrass, Julian. Art Incorporated. Oxford University Press 2004.

Thompson, Don. The $12  Million Stuffed Shark. The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. New York 2008.

Žižek, Slavoj. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce. London 2009.

Et cetera

Material description:
2 tables

2 chairs

1 laptop or PC connected to the internet and free of use

1 video projected on the wall

several A4-papers which I tape on the wall




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