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The Bad, The Good, The Ideal

The Bad, The Good, The Ideal

Federal Prison at FCI Butner II, North Carolina, 2010

While serving a 70 month prison sentence, I worked collaboratively with my peers to search the prison yard for the “ideal pebble.” Upon the initial prompt, a racially diverse group of participants selected a range of pebbles varying in size, shape, and color. After group discussions about material language, certain participants renewed their search for the “ideal pebble.” This unprompted action revealed the racial and ethnic stratification imposed by prison.

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4 piles
Pictured: Various Pebbles with Colored Thread

On loan from the artist, Jesse Krimes

Modern Religion, Fitting In

Modern Religion, Fitting In

How the tools of ancient religious practices have evolved to maintain relevance in the modern world

International, 2017

Maintaining relevance is the key to success. Our world today would be unrecognizable to those who lived when many of our major religions were first founded thousands of years ago. Today we are living in skyscrapers, keeping gluten-free diets, and traveling further and faster than ever. To retain relevance, the tools used for religious practices must constantly evolve and accommodate the trends of modern life.

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10 pieces
Pictured: Gluten-Free Communion Wafers

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Heroes

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Heroes

Objects that unintentionally prevented the premature end of people’s lives

International, 2017

In order to die, one must first be alive. But life is no static state. We are constantly fluctuating further from and closer toward death. In light of this, society has designed heroic objects such as seat belts and medicines to protect us when fluctuating toward death. But there are humble heroes as well, objects that have unintentionally, unknowingly prevented what would otherwise be the unexpected and untimely end of a life. 

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16 pieces
Pictured: Hair weave

Facsimiles from the collection of Mmuseumm

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Villains

Looks can be Deceiving: Unintentional Villains

Objects that unintentionally caused the end of people’s lives

International, 2017

Every person who has ever lived has died. And if they haven’t yet, they will. We try not to think about it. But we know for certain it’s going to happen. At the same time, things are not always as they appear. What you think of as worthless could be invaluable. What you may think of as a friend could actually be an enemy. These unassuming objects all accidentally, unintentionally, anticlimactically caused the end of someone’s life.

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13 pieces
Pictured: Lava Lamp

Facsimiles from the collection of Mmuseumm

Green & Clean

Green & Clean

"Breathe the difference."

Australia, 2017

“Remember that feeling of taking a deep breath of pure clean air, you felt invigorated and alive. That’s what we’ve captured for you to enjoy anywhere at anytime. This pure fresh air is captured using our cold press technology, so you get only the highest quality ambient air straight from location to your door to enjoy anywhere at anytime.”

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6 pieces
Pictured: 100% Pure Australian Tasmanian Air

Gift to Mmuseumm from the collection of Green & Clean
Text by Green & Clean

Why So Cheap?

Why So Cheap?

How can it be?

International, 2017

Cheap makes us, as consumers, feel great. It means we get more stuff for less money. Sometimes we even get stuff for free. More stuff, more money saved. This is an example of a beloved concept known as the win-win. But if there is a winner, does that mean there has to be a loser? Why is cheap stuff cheap? Here are some common explanations.

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From the collection of Mmuseumm

The Ready America 70380 Essentials Emergency Kit 4 Person 3-Day Backpack

The Ready America 70380 Essentials Emergency Kit 4 Person 3-Day Backpack

You really never know. And that’s the bottom line.

USA, 21st Century

The world, no matter how civilized, no matter how many laws, no matter how seemingly grasped we believe we have it, we never really know. People have always felt overwhelmed, moved, and motivated by this unknowingness. At the same time, fear, desire, and hope make for powerful market drivers. With this understanding, the convenient and fashionable America Ready backpack is sold to consumers with the promise to help a family of four survive for up to 72 hours in the event of a disaster.

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17 pieces

From the collection of Mmuseumm

The Cornflake Taxonomy

The Cornflake Taxonomy

United Kingdom, 2012-2016

Millions of randomly shaped cornflakes are created by the minute through an automated process of cooking, drying and flaking. As a lepidopterist identifies species of butterfly, the cornflake collector examines specimens, but here they carry no obvious biological context. Through an indexing system, each example is categorized by brand, size, color, texture, geometry, contortion, and twinning, revealing the essential nature and origin of the primal Cornflake.

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23 pieces
Pictured: F6.902080 & W3.205100

From the collection of Anne Griffiths

Delicious: A Cornerstone of Civilization

Delicious: A Cornerstone of Civilization

Artificial flavors: the new full meal

USA, 2017

Delicious has been critical to the development of civilization since its very origins. Today, scientists use an aroma-capturing technology called “Headspace Technology” to artificially manufacture Delicious and inject it into edible forms. This enables food manufacturers to increase efficiency, lower costs, extend shelf-life, and control flavor, texture, and consistency without relying on the unknowns of the natural world. Here is bread, butter, cheese, merlot, mashed potatoes, sautéed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms, beef, chicken, shrimp, chocolate cake, and coffee.

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12 pieces
Pictured: Salt and pepper

From the collection of Mmuseumm

Insect Chic

Insect Chic

The rebranding of insects to appeal to the modern consumer

International, 2017

While people around the world have been eating insects for centuries, the idea remains unappealing to many. However, due to a heightened awareness of the environmental impact of meat production, insects are gaining traction as a sustainable protein. Insects require significantly fewer resources than traditional livestock to produce the same amount of complete animal protein. As the role of insects in our society begins to increase, they are being packaged, marketed, and sold to consumers like never before.

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21 pieces
Pictured: Bugsolutely Cricket Pasta

Gift from the collection of Connor Vaughn
Text by Connor Vaughn

The Message is the Medium

The Message is the Medium

Donald Trump as His Merchandise

USA, 2017

Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, self-help author, luxury brand, real estate heir, reality television star, and celebrity spokesman, is what he sells. An examination of the cologne, aftershave, energy drink, liquor, airline, and games that bear his name, and a close look at their design, substance, and backstories, provide insight into the man himself.

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8 pieces
Pictured: Donald Trump After Shave Balm

Gift from the collection of Max Abelson

Mmuseumm Permanent Collection

Mmuseumm Permanent Collection

International, 2017

Civilization has come this far. It’s not exactly sure where it is. And it has no idea where it’s going. Some of us love it. Some hate it. Some want off. Some want to enjoy what might happen next. Our own optimism, avarice, fear, curiosity, and courage keep us going. It’s a wonderfully and painfully awkward time. Definitions are always being blurred. Nothing ever settled. No one really understanding it. Everyone living in it. It’s supremely exhausting and painfully exciting.

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23 pieces
Pictured: Juche Tower Snow Globe

Fake Fast Food Franchises of Iran

Fake Fast Food Franchises of Iran

Binding appetites

Iran, 2016

US-imposed sanctions on Iran have left its people without genuine American fast food. In response, local entrepreneurs have opened their own fake franchises. You cannot visit an Iranian McDonald’s or Starbucks, but you can go to McMashallah (“McGod has willed it”) or Raees Coffee. These franchises are a testament to the creativity, similarities and appetites that bind humans, even when disagreements and differences between their governments are strong.

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11 pieces
Pictured: SUPER STAR Happy Meal

Gift from the collection of Holly Dagres

Personal Items of Immigration

Personal Items of Immigration

Lost in the Arizona desert

Mexico-USA Border, 2016

These objects can represent the danger, courage, and hour-by-hour struggles of some of the thousands of men, women, and children trekking across the Arizona desert from Mexico, over the border into the United States. Or an opponent of illegal immigration might see nothing but crime-scene evidence. No matter how they are viewed, these possessions were left behind as individuals attempted to make their way through a deadly corridor.

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6 pieces
Pictured: Shoe Wrapped in Cloth to Camouflage Footprint

Gift from the collection of Deborah McCollough

ISIS Currency

ISIS Currency

Gold Dinars, silver Dirhams, and copper Fulus

Iraq and Syria, 2016

Creating a currency is a popular way of legitimizing a government. Having generated hundreds of millions of dollars by selling oil on the black market, ransoming hostages, and turning stolen artifacts for profit, the jihadist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant now claims to be launching its own currency in an effort to escape the “satanic usury-based global economic system.”

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7 pieces
Pictured: 5 Dinars ($694 USD)

Facsimiles from the collection of Mmuseumm

Weak Hands

Weak Hands

Helping weak hands accomplish their many daily requirements

Europe, 2017

Our eyes, ears, nose, and mouth take in information and set course, our feet serve as our mode of transport and our hands are the operators, the button pressers, the gear shifters, the picker-uppers, putter-downers, shakers, makers, swipers, pullers, pushers, and general all-around doers. If our hands are weak, then these daily dances can become difficult, painful, and sometimes impossible. These objects are designed to assist weak hands in navigating the strength and dexterity the modern world requires of us.

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8 pieces
Pictured: Tabletop Scissors

Gift from the collection of Active Hands

Test Writing

Test Writing

The subconscious art and the crying out of the soul

International, 2007-2016

“Test Writing is the paper used to check the comfort of a pen for sale. Most test writings are names and swirling geometrical patterns to test the how well the pen moves. In Test Writing we can also find the “crying out of the soul,” which cannot be put into words. Test writing is a “subconscious art” that reflects the times and the feelings of those in each country where the works were collected, and form a snapshot of the society.”

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8 pieces
Pictured: Taiwan

From the collection of Hiroki Terai
Text by Hiroki Terai

Data as Design Director

Data as Design Director

USA, 2017

Design is a decision-making process that defines the construct of something intended to serve a purpose. Designers must start with the questions What, Why, and for Who? Today, computers aid in the answering of these questions. These products were all conceived of, designed, marketed, and successfully sold using the help of sophisticated algorithms, data collecting software, and AI to ensure the what, why, and for who of a design is answered to set up the product for success in the market.

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10 pieces
Pictured: Vremi 5 Piece Cheese Grater Set with Container

From the collection of Mmuseumm