The website afrigadget http://www.afrigadget.com has a lot of amazing modified objects. There is something uneasy about considering Mod’s from different economic zones. In wealthier countries modifying objects can have a fun, nerdy hobby vibe. Choosing to play with ‘Pov Aesthetics’ is a luxury. This is in part why some of the Mod Off works are humorous, it can seem eccentric or liberating to Mod rather than accept the limitations and benefits of the ‘straight purchase.’ In this way Mod’s often question simplistic notions of dollar bought packaged ‘convenience’ and the systems of taste, expectations and desires that feeds it
Today Pov Aesthetics seems to be on the rise in neatly contained designer goods- often witty, handcrafted, eco-friendly. This is different from modified objects made out of pure need brought on from severe economic hardship, like many of the inventive objects seen on afrigadget. Although to convolute this distinction some Pov Aesthetic design is being made in underpriviledged areas then being sold up in wealthier markets. Alongside the obvious benefits of this, is the potential of a sanitizing effect. We are not likely to be sold the video store drop bin that has been turned into an oven after it has presumably been dumped in Africa due to cheap waste disposal. That’s why it’s great to see things like that on afrigadget.
This message is just to say if the Modified Objects Sites links end up being an odd miss-match of exquisite Pov Aesthetic’s selected primarily for their stunning looks or smarts alongside inventiveness stemming from the stunning necessity of raw poverty, we know there is incongruity there. A similarity of approach can still mean a world of difference.
Of course, many of the works on the Mod Off blog don’t have a Pov look or a cost saving factor and economic imperatives or agendas are but one of a multitude of reasons to Mod.