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PIG 05049
Christien Meindertsma

Christien Meindertsma

Christien MeindertsmaPIG 05049
Christien Meindertsma
Thomas Eyck


412 Pages
196 x 156 mm
ISBN 9789081241311


Tracing and charting all the products made from a single commercial pig

PIG 05049 is a communications design developed after three years of research to track all the products made from a single pig. ‘05049’ was an actual pig raised and slaughtered on a commercial farm in the Netherlands. Rotterdam designer Christien Meindertsma was shocked to discover that she could document 185 products contributed to by the animal.
Meindertsma’s design includes the publication of her book, PIG 05049, which charts and pictures each of the products supported by the animal.  The surprise is in the fact that elements of production contributed to by pig farming include not only predictable foodstuffs – pork chops and bacon – but far less expected non-food items: ammunition, train brakes, automobile paint, soap and washing powder, bone china, cigarettes.

The book is primarily a visual statement, keeping text to a minimum. It makes no comment on such potentially contentious issues as the conditions under which commercial farm animals are handled or the context in which various religious and other parts of society see the pig. Instead, Meindertsma says she finds the main interest in her project in its implications for conservation efforts. “In taking good care of the Earth, basically, the first step is knowing where our things come from,” she says.

“There are very many steps between the raw material and the end product in modern commercial production. And because there are so many steps in between, the knowledge gets lost. For instance, the pig farmers also don’t know all the end-products that are made from their pigs because they just don’t know where it goes.”
In producing a book on her work, Meindertsma says she had in mind the concept of a time capsule, something that might be dug up in a hundred years and reveal something of how we lived at this time.
The book won the Dutch Design Award in 2008 and the Index award in 2009 in the category Play.

About the Artist
Christien Meindertsma thoroughly explores the life of products and raw materials in her work. In some instances, the result of her projects may be the record of a process itself. In others, her investigations lead to commercial products. Careful investigation and documentation, themes of local production and underexplored resources characterise her work. Meindertsma seeks to reveal processes that have become distant in industrialisation and encourage a deeper understanding of the materials and products that surround us.

About the Publisher
Thomas Eyck publishes and distributes characteristic and exclusive contemporary design products. He takes great care in choosing the materials to work with, the producers and production techniques as well as the skill and creativity of the designers.

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