There are more than 300,000 objects in an average home, 80% of which are hardly used at all. Every item that is not used has cost energy to make it. Lost energy that we want to make visible with this project. The amount of stuff on this page shows the extent of our (impulsive) buying behavior that is the standard in today’s society.
LostEnergy is an art project about (in) dispensable things and the energy that it takes to make them and that is lost if they are not used. Everyone knows that you are buying something that you don’t really need, that you actually don’t use and that you actually regret a bit. If you make such a purchase yourself, you generally shrug your shoulders, it is not really useful, but it is only about one thing, so yes, well. But when you see all these kinds of purchases from your street or neighborhood together, the quantity starts to increase considerably. And all individual cases together tell a different story. The story about the large amount of stuff that we think we need and what influence that has on the world in the form of raw materials, energy to make it and waste.
LostEnergy is about becoming aware of what we all buy and not use. With LostEnergy we want to encourage consumers to be more aware of purchasing behavior and thereby reduce the amount of energy lost. It is also indirectly about “good” and “bad” stuff. Do they exist? And that has to do with how often you use something, whether it is well designed and what its quality is. And how does that relate to the amount of energy it takes to make something. Can conclusions be drawn from a study like this?
LostEnergy is part of the Lost Energy group exhibition. With this exhibition, Tetem investigates together with the Province of Overijssel, the University of Twente and the artists Elise Leusink, Reinier Kranendonk and Kunstconstructie what contribution art and design can make to embedding energy innovations in society. The exhibition is in line with Tetem’s Driving Technology program line.
A good and reliable energy supply is important for our society. Energy innovations contribute to sustainable economic growth, reducing CO2 emissions, developing renewable energy sources and making smarter use of them. However, practice shows that there is a big gap between research and application. A multitude of energy innovations are on the shelf waiting for an application. How could the Province of Overijssel become energy neutral in 2050 and how do you involve the public in this?
Electricity is invisible and that makes it probably so difficult to reduce its consumption. The smart meter shows the usage, but they are still abstract numbers. How much is that, a kilowatt hour or a joule? With the machine that Elise Leusink builds you can experience this for yourself and you will realize how much these energy units literally cost human labor. Reinier Kranendonk is intrigued by the addiction of consumers to electricity and therefore also to electrically driven entertainment. Reinier is building a new installation for Lost Energy for the contemporary “do-fair” Karnieland, with which visitors experience how their own body energy can be used as a drive for a special fairground attraction. During the exhibition, Kunstconstructie (Françoise Braun and Casper Teijgeler) made visible the quantity of unused items that had been collected both live and digitally in the previous two months. A registration is also shown of this research into this lost energy.
The exhibition has been made possible with the support of the Municipality of Enschede, Province of Overijssel, Mondriaan Fund, Creative Industries Fund NL and the University of Twente.
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