Hello. My name is Rosa and I am an iPod-aholic. Since iPods came out I was fascinated by them, but I had sticker shock! I could not think I could buy one and feel comfortable with myself... I comforted myself thinking that maybe they weren't that big a deal, they were just like a walkman, right? besides you could only use them with iTunes and it's all a big scheme to make you spend money buying music over the internet. I have enough music already, thank you very much.. but then, I got one for Christmas.. OMG! It was everything I thought and even more. My dear husband Ruben knows exactly what I wanted even when I denied it for myself. So now I take my iPodcita (I had to name her!) almost everywhere with me. I love music and the inspiration it gives me. And by the way, I'm still amazed on iTunes and how the programmed everything, it makes it much more easier to get the music you want, and that's the point, I guess.
So back to today's found art, I was listening to my cassettes and I found one I taped from a radio show from rock101, a radio station long gone in Mexico City. I used to love the djs and the music they played. I remember the motto of the radio station was something along the line of "Playing the soundtrack of your life"
So I had the idea of making a fake iPod out of an altered altoids tin and I used a cassette tape. The general idea is that music is for everyone, and it belongs to everyone. Not that I'm in favor of piracy, but what I mean is that we all make it our own and feel it as if we're the ones singing the songs...
Outside it says: "Now Playing the soundtrack of your life" Inside it says: "Music, personal, intimate, seductive, it belongs to all of us, what's the soundtrack of your life?" (This is how iPods look inside, didn't you know they're still using tape! :)
Now I have a problem.. I DO NOT WANT TO GIVE IT AWAY as found art! what should I do?? I love it! I think it really has a lot of meaning to me, a little voice inside my head is saying: "Are you nuts? It's going to get thrown away! you should make it into an assembly box and just keep it for yourself!"
And then another voice would reply.. "What?!, it's meant to be found art, if it's good then it's more important to let it go!.. blah blah, good karma.. blah.. good vibes... blah blah"
So I'll talk to myself tonight and try to convince myself to just let it go. It might make a difference to someone else more than me, and this is what found art is all about. I hope whoever finds it gives it a good home. Or maybe I should give it away to someone in this forum? mmm...
Ok, so, materials: Altoids tin box, cassette tape, small pieces of disposable camera, headphones cord, acrylic paint, stamp from Mexico.
Please go visit Kathy LaRocco's Blog and see her take on this topic, she thought of Jazz music and the freedom she feels while listening to it.