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DISENGAGED DINING by wilson419 DISENGAGED DINING by wilson419
medium:
Sterling Silver, Anodized Aluminum, LCD Screens, Electronics

dimensions:
5" x 5" x .5"

year completed:
2007

description:
I saw this piece as a foreboding prototype for Apple. As hybrid utensils, this four-piece set of machined iSpork flatware is an exploration into the theme of technological dehumanization. Like most aspects of our lives, I unfortunately see meal times as one of the last sacred communal human rituals inexorably earmarked for technological overhaul too.

*Note:
I guess I did not realize how popular these would wind up being, so I would just like to say thank you to everyone who has posted a kind reply to them and to the 2 DA members responsible for making them the DD today (I just figured out what that meant, lol) Thank you so much for your interest in them! I'll try to address some of the questions people have had but forgive me if I don't get to everybody.

-Calen
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Given 2008-02-16
~wilson419 is new to dA and already has impressive gallery. DISENGAGED DINING has an unique concept and as the artist states in the description "Like most aspects of our lives, I unfortunately see meal times as one of the last sacred communal human rituals inexorably earmarked for technological overhaul too." ( Suggested by Loucife and Featured by Myana )
:iconleui:
Leui Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
are..... are these reall.... xD....???
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Yes, sort of, this isn't a painting or a 3D digital model. I mean, you can physically touch them, thay exist, but they don't really work; think of them more as a demonstration model or a mock-up. I made them as an art project, but there is no actual "Apple iSpork" or anything like that...so far as I know ;)
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:iconleui:
Leui Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011
Ahhhh!!~~ xD!
that's still cool though!!! :D!

haha so do u like used one of it before during ur meal? haha xD
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
:) No, I never actually ate off of them, they aren't really dishwasher safe or anything...
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:iconfelicianovargas-san:
FelicianoVargas-San Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Yay Dinner as one now! this is really cool!
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
:) Thanks
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:iconkuraiaoi:
KuraiAoi Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
.... I want one D:
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:iconartsee1:
Artsee1 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Too cool! Great job!! Looks very professional :)


I hope you don't mind, I featured this in my journal [link]
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Not at all, thanks for the kind words!
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:iconaskgooroo:
AskGooroo Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I want one :3
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010
Fork over the cheddar and you can ;)

Thanks for the love!
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:iconchocolatrose:
ChocolatRose Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Lol, "fork" over the cheddar. :D
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
:D Thanks for the fave btw!
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:iconchocolatrose:
ChocolatRose Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
Ahah, no problem. The sporks are awesome, just like what you would see at the store, but with utility utensil option!
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:iconcasadiaries:
CasaDiAries Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Brilliant idea!!!
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks duder! :)
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:iconritsuka-4:
Ritsuka-4 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love sporks, and i love music.
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:iconscar66:
scar66 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
omg. thats soooo weird. i want one ><
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:icontsarkon:
tsarkon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008   Writer
They are just so fantastic. Hope this product comes out some time :D
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:iconstillifewithshadow:
stillifewithshadow Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
nice design, but listening to music is another form of human interaction, expression + reception=communication. Though i'd never ever prefer to lose the art of conversation at dinner time and am often saddend by all the ipods on the subway that limits the opportunity for interaction, i do not see these pieces as necessarily negative or foreboding, like most technology there is a positive use and a negative use. The positive could be combining a beautiful work of music with a beautiful work of culinary art, the negative would be droning out to ignore your family/friends instead of proactively looking for a new synesthetic experience. Like with a hammer you could build someone a house or crack their skulls, there is nothing inherently bad or negative about these inventions either, it's all in the use.
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2008
Very thoughtful contribution, thank you. I think it is fair to say that when I made these pieces I was focusing a lot on the negativity surrounding them, at least that was my initial inspiration for creating them; as a criticism. However, with hindsight comes clarity and time to reevaluate things, which means that I probably see what your saying now better then I ever could have at their inception. I am very glad to see that they are still inspiring some quality analysis though, I have been overjoyed and humbled by the ongoing reaction I have been getting from them.

Thanks again!
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:iconsw33tpandaz:
Sw33tPandaZ Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
That's an awesome design! <3
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
thank you!
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:iconmissprecioussuicide:
Missprecioussuicide Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
Oh wow, maybe you shud send this idea off to Apple
xD

thats brilliant, and the whoel concept and idea behind it is so truuue!
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Considering that it was kind of a "F*CK YOU!" gesture towards Apple, I don't know if they would appreciate it properly...most likely they'd send me a legal notice warning me to not engage in any future trademark infringements of their logo.
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:iconmissprecioussuicide:
Missprecioussuicide Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hahaha, that is true, however they ARE brilliant. Knowing Apple Inc. they would probablly STEAL your idea, and give you no credit whatsoever. LoL
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:iconthe-lady-blue:
The-Lady-Blue Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008  Student Photographer
Hah! I love these!
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:iconcelery-soda:
celery-soda Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
This is incredibly original. You speak the truth. Society has become so corrupted with technology that more and more people each day are learning to speak HTML more than their spoken language.
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:iconray-neko-chan:
RAY-neko-CHAN Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2008
this very original
i luff it
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:iconspiderdijon:
spiderdijon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Awesome concept, very beautiful!
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:iconarche-joiyo:
Arche-JoIyO Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
OMG coool!! xD
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:iconseagull-vertebrae:
seagull-vertebrae Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008
i love it,and i REALLY love the message,the message totally make this picture!

and i very much agree with everything you have said!
makes me ahppy that there are more intellegent people out there...

:'3
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:icondtran09:
dtran09 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Love it. It's creative and says a lot.
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:iconsilently-beyond-hope:
Silently-beyond-hope Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008  Student Digital Artist
*squee* a spork! Not just any spork but an iSpork, I actually like this idea and don't like it at the same time. I dunno it may grow on me....Anyways congratulations on the DD :)
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:iconmandrunited:
mandrunited Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
An ISpork.

What will they come up with next? IUnderwear? IToilet Paper? XD
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:iconcowcow217:
cowcow217 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
*washing dishes ~ la la la*
"OH CRAP !! MY iSPORK !!!"
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:iconjoozujedi:
joozujedi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008   Photographer
Damn, I need one of those.
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:iconlegendarydairy:
legendarydairy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
I absolutely despise your self-sacrificing, matterless and despicable concept for this entire art piece, but it's very well-done none the less.

Hate the idea, love the work. I believe the further we go into Capitalism the better.
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
If it were really meant to be pitched as a product, i would hate me too, but its not so relax. And thanks
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:iconlegendarydairy:
legendarydairy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
No, no, I think you misunderstand. I don't disagree with the possibility of it becoming a product - I have a firm belief that technology is a good thing and that abandoning anything that could be preserved as tradition is much better than staying as primal as we can be. I find it wholly more selfish to request a person abandon something that makes them happy, even at the dinner table, for one person's own sake - Much more selfish that to market away another's personified conversation in indecent corporate plugging. I'd much prefer your dinner is manufactured by Apple and your table from IKEA than as to enjoy your meal less if it weren't.
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:iconweif:
Weif Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
haha.... ow...

oh that one singed a bit
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:iconhappie-dae678:
happie-dae678 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Wow. So cool.
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:iconunderfallow:
underfallow Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
this is so awesome!
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:iconsovierika:
Sovierika Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Introducing the new iSprok! XD
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:iconsincerelystephanie:
SincerelyStephanie Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
So what does it do, like what is the button and screen for, does it play music? lol
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:iconunknownknite:
unknownknite Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
how do you wash them >.<
lol
mann
if it has an apple
its the best out there =D
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:iconi2aminspired:
I2aminspired Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Student Filmographer
The spork part is removable! XD lmao
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:iconunknownknite:
unknownknite Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
hahahaha
oh man
thats awesome =D
you should make it
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:iconwilson419:
wilson419 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008
no, its not
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:iconi2aminspired:
I2aminspired Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008  Student Filmographer
I was saying it as a conceptual theory, if this were an actual product.
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