the stray shopping cart has become the ultimate sign of postmodern alienation. seeing capitalism's unwanted detritus filling up creeks, roadsides, and woods, shopping carts remind us of the gleaming aisles of our great halls of repetition, seeing objects over and over walking through the colorful aisles of the supermarket. is it somehow essential that supermarket waste slowly seeps out into the world at large through the medium of abandoned shopping carts? well, for some reason i love looking at abandoned things like these, and if you've noticed my posts lately, spectacular science news can get a bit boring, since it's all quite the same. abandoned fragments of civilization remind us of something we don't usually see in the glossy ads of the fetishized media, that society's garbage tells us more about ourselves than anything else. visit strayshoppingcart.com to see julian montague's enormous image collection of found and categorized shopping carts, lost across america.
Thursday, May 26, 2005
Posted by Jim at 7:57 PM