In the fall of 1989, Christian Marclay created Tape Fall, an installation for the exhibition “Strange Attractors: Signs of Chaos” at the New Museum. For this show, he used over 150 reels of tape prerecorded with the sound of dripping water. As a continuation of the installation, the artist created Bottled Water, a special multiple for the Museum. Marclay filled 150 bottles with tape from Tape Fall, silkscreened a text on the front of each bottle, and sealed each one with cork and sealing wax stamped with its edition number.
Archives for May 2010
“Rations Type K” were developed by inventor and public health scientist, Ancel Keys, which may (or may not) explain the “K” in K-Ration. (There is debate about that.) The boxes were manufactured by the Cracker Jack company and were similar in size and material to Cracker Jack boxes.
Originally the packages were generically labeled: “Breakfast,” “Dinner” and “Supper.” Towards the end of the war they were redesigned (as part of a “morale” initiative) to make the three meals more easily distinguishable with 3 new color-coded / pattern-coded designs.
Who handled the graphic design? Some anonymous, government-employed graphic designer? An advertising agency of the time? K-Ration boxes were featured in the Brooklyn Museum’s 2001 exhibit, Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960, as one of many examples illustrating the impact of organic form on graphic design.
(Photos of the “new” boxes and their contents, after the fold…)
What’s the story behind these these tiny (1/35 scale) boxes?
Whether a full-scale mock-up of an objective or a small
sand table, the terrain model is an invaluable tool for the combat
leader to visualize fully the battlefield. All combat S2s should be
proficient in the process of creating functional models in a variety of
circumstances and conditions…
and “bolts” of the terrain project is the terrain model kit. The kit is
a simple box containing the basic tools that you will need to construct
any terrain model… It might contain laminated cardboard cut-outs of
meal, ready-to-eat (MRE) box pieces.
The Terrain Model: A Miniature Battlefield
by Captain John T. Chenery
Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin
Some DIY, some from kits—photos via: USArmyModels.com
(An MRE kit sheet, after the fold…)
The Ticking Is the Bomb
Just finished reading Nick Flynn’s “The Ticking Is the Bomb”—a memoir in which he traces the connective tissue between his life as an expectant American father and the political and cultural implications of the Abu Ghraib torture photographs.
I’ve been a fan of Flynn’s writing since I picked up his first book of poetry, Some Ether at the library a few years back. The Ticking Is the Bomb may be his best work yet. While it might seem a risky gambit to interleave ones own stories in between stories of Iraqi torture victims, the effect is bracing. Rather than just compartmentalizing these disturbing news stories, as we often do, Flynn succeeds in showing how post-9/11 torture policy might just implicate us on a more personal level.
What does it have to do with packaging? Two ubiquitous examples of military packaging played major roles as props in many of the Abu Ghraib photos: the sandbag (re-purposed as a blindfold/hood), and the “meal, ready-to-eat” (MRE) box that detainees were forced to stand on while being subjected to torture. There was also a Huffington Post article about the use of these boxes and their appearance in the background of many of the other photos. (See also: Product Placement at Gitmo)
(More after the fold…)