Where Almost Everything I Used, Wore, Ate or Bought on Monday, April 1, 2013 (That Had a Label) Was Manufactured, to the Best of My Knowledge

On desktop, mouse over an image to see its origins. On mobile, tap any image. If using a screen reader, access a text-only version here. Linked captions on this page lead to factory tours, StreetView, and other further information. Only photos whose captions have asterisks are mine; the rest are product photos.

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Sprint® LG Remarq™ cell phone

Anchor Hocking® rim-tempered 16 oz. mixing glass

Martha Stewart Everyday cotton towel (green)

InterDesign® towel bar

a light gray striped shower curtain

Simply Shabby Chic® Capri Pants Stripe shower curtain

Speakman® Anystream® shower head

Juniper Ridge Siskyou Cedar Soap

Collective Well Being® Flake Fighter® shampoo

Living Proof® Full Conditioner

Gillette® Daisy® Classic disposable razors

GapBody® low rise bikini underwear

GapBody® Favorite Uplfit™ bra

Alba Botanica® Natural Hawaiian Hand & Body Lotion- Replenishing Cocoa Butter

Degree® Body Responsive Invisible Solid Shower Clean Anti-Persperant and Deodorant

Michael Graves Design® under bed bag

American Apparel® Summer Tee

Scünci® No Damage® hairbands

Scünci® roller pin

Almay® Amazing Lasting 16 Hour Eye Pencil

Happy Socks™ zebra print socks

ByCorpus Varsity jacket

Clarks® Orinoco Hop boots

Masco® Delta®/Delex Kitchen Faucet with Chrome Finish

IKEA® stainless steel teapot designed by Anna Efverlund and Maria Vinka

Magic Chef® stove*

De La Paz Coffee Roasters Mission Blend coffee beans

Bodum® Chambord 8-cup french press

Kotobuki ceramic owl mug

Kenmore® 18 refrigerator*

Clover Stornetta Farms
half and half

Oneida® Rockford teaspoon

Calphalon® Contemporary Stainless Steel 1-QT saucepan

Bob's Red Mill® 7-grain Hot Cereal

Dexas® Silicone Pinch Mitts

ceramic blue bowl, unknown*

Bob's Red Mill® Premium Quality Sea Salt

Hedge Your Bets ceramic salt shaker

Kerrygold® Pure Irish Butter

Tools of the Trade teaspoon

Chiquita® banana

Odwalla® Pure Squeezed Grapefruit Juice

Arcoroc® Lancer On The Rocks tumbler

Seventh Generation™ Natural Dish Liquid

ScotchBrite® Greener Clean® Natural Fiber Non-Scratch Scrub Sponges

BioBag® Food Waste Bag

Oggi™ Stainless Steel Composter

Bright Green™ Bathroom Tissue

Chicago Faucets® faucet*

Mrs. Meyer's® Clean Day Lavender Liquid Hand Soap

wooden bookshelf, built half by a friend and half by someone from Taskrabbit

St. Martin's Press, Hannah Arendt: The Recovery of the Public World, ©1979

MUJI backpack*

ZARA Basic knit scarf, unknown (tag removed)*

Dior CD1739 eyeglasses

Y card and keys, unknown, some cut at Cole Hardware & Don's Key & Lock*

Kensington® MicroSaver® Keyed Laptop Lock keys

RSA SecurID® SID700 key fob

MUJI wool wallet*

Forever 21® knit hat*

Galleria® "Spring Run" horse umbrella

Clipper® Card

Clipper® Card reader

SFMTA Light-Rail Vehicle, J line

3rd generation Apple® iPod Touch®

Steelcase™ Think® Chair

Apple® Macbook Pro®

Apple® Magic Mouse

Apple® LED Cinema Display and cords

Apple® aluminum keyboard

Workrite Ergonomics Banana Board Keyboard

Apple® USB cord

Allen Tel Cat5E patch cord

Proxima® ProLine 20 surge protector*

Carlisle® Crystalon®
Stack-All Tumbler

Moleskine® journal

Papermate® mechnical pencil

Polycom® SoundStation 2 EX

Global Steel Products Corp bathroom stall door lock*

Zurn® EcoVantage™ toilet

Bobrick® B-2840 Surface-Mounted Toilet Tissue Dispenser With Utility Shelf

Rubbermaid® / Technical Concepts TC OneShot® Counter-Mount Touchless Automatic Soap Dispenser

Bobrick® B-359 ClassicSeries® Recessed Paper Towel Dispenser

Rubbermaid Commercial® LLDPE 23-Gallon Slim Jim Trash Can

Wells Fargo® debit card

Bic® Round Stic® ballpoint pen

The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen™ turkey club*

Tafelstern® square ceramic bowl

Bon Chef® Manhattan Seriessalad fork

Marin-area bakery artisan sourdough bread

Tillamook® All Natural Sharp Cheddar Cheese

Willie Bird® Natural Free Range Organic Turkey

Zoe's Meats Dry-Cured Applewood Smoked Bacon

Sierra Nevada® Stout & Stoneground Mustard

G.E.T.® Bahama™ Clear SAN Plastic 7-oz Rocks Tumbler

Tablecraft® 3-Gallon Beverage Dispenser

AT&T® / Avaya® / Lucent® Definity 6416D+M Speaker Phone with LCD Display

3M Post-It® note

Ricoh Aficio® MP-C3501 Multifunction
Color Copier

Staples® 8.5"x11" copy paper

Kensington® MicroSaver® Keyed Laptop Lock

FIJI® Artesian Water

NCR (National Cash Register Company)® Wells Fargo® ATM

(2) 2004 twenty dollar bills

BART "C" car

Anchor Hocking® martini glass

Ketel One® Vodka

American Standard® toilet

San Jamar® 2-Roll Black Pearl Twin Jumbo Toilet Tissue Dispenser

San Jamar® Classic Bulk Liquid/Lotion Soap Dispenser

Kenwood® RXD M33Mini HiFi Component System

Apple® 13" Macbook Pro

Apple® 60W MagSafe Power Adaptor

Dynex® audio cable

D-Link DLink DCM-202 DOCSIS Cable Modem

Linksys® Wireless-G Broadband Router

STA® UL-listed christmas lights

Reverware® Copper Clad™ 3-QT saucepan

De Cecco No. 91 Orechiette

Brown-Halco® Conventional Stainless Steel Serving Spoon

Boskovich Farms Incorporated dino kale

Zwilling J.A. Henckels® paring knife

Wüstof® Bamboo Finish
cutting board

Trader Giotto's® Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Les Moulins Mahjoub Traditional Harissa Spread

Mt. Vikos® Sheep & Goat's Milk Blend Feta Cheese

Sespe Creek Organics certified organic lemon

Microplane® Zester-Grater Soft Touch

Fox Run Craftsmen® Stainless Steel Strainer

OXO® Sink Strainer-Stopper

Target Home® plate*

Gibson Home® stainless steel fork

Comcast® TV remote

Insignia™ 42" Class / 1080p / 60Hz / LCD HDTV

Comcast Xfinity HD Digital Set Top Box

IKEA® power strip

Salazon Chocolate™ Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper

Russell Athletics® sweatshirt

Harland Clarke® "Blue Sheffield" checks for Wells Fargo®

Bic® Bottle 2 Pen 0.7 mm Retractable Gel Ink Pen

TeNeus® Pets Rock Magneto Planner 2013

The Tea Spot Steeping Mug

Traditional Medicinals® Easy Now® Herbal Tea

Radius® Source™ Recycled Currency Toothbrush

Tom's of Maine® Simply White® Fluoride Toothpaste

Oral-B® Essental Floss

Natural Dentist® Healthy Gums™ Antigingivitis Rinse

Burt's Bees® Radiance Daily Cleanser

Eucerin® Original Moisturizing Creme

Walgreens® Double Tipped Cushioned Cotton Swabs

GapBody® Pure Body tank top

American Apparel® Salt and Pepper Running Shorts

Good Design® Nylon Mesh Cube (large size)

Boiron® Arnicare® Pain Relief Arnica Ointment

Pommes Frites Spiced Pumpkin Soy Candle

BIC® lighter

Safeway™ Drug Free Nasal Strips

Hearos® Sleep Pretty in Pink® Women's Ear Plugs

Spices® Bedroom Sage Platform Bed, Full

Onyx® Plush Eurotop mattress

Alamode Passport duvet cover and pillowcases

Pacific Coast® SuperLoft™ European Comforter With Pyrenees Down

Britannica Home Fashions® Royal Velvet® 400-count cotton black sheets & pillowcases

two Pacific Coast® SuperLoft® All Down Pillows

a note on method

For this project, I looked up everything that I could find that had a label. Things that had no label or no indication of origin (such as the shower handles in my bathroom, or the salad greens in my lunch) are not included in this list. Obviously it is often hard to draw a distinction between manufacturing and sourcing, and in some cases distribution. I tried as hard as I could to locate the actual site of manufacturing, but included information about sourcing when it was freely given (the Pyrenees down in the comforter) or when sourcing information seemed inextricable from the finished product (i.e. food products like juice and coffee beans). I tried for as much accuracy as possible given the information I was able to find online. But in the end, this is meant less as a fact sheet than as a meditation on our relationships to things, and the geographically schizophrenic path we trace through their use. This project was an important precursor to my later work at the dump. Over time, it has also become a portrait of myself in 2013.

I chose to use product photos and photos taken by others rather than my own in order to highlight the alienation that occurs when one realizes that all of his or her possessions were not only made by strangers far away, but are still afloat and available in the marketplace-- e.g. that an old teapot you've had for years has brand-new shiny cousins waiting to be ordered online, or that a wooden dolphin you bought at a flea market in a far away city (your most prized possession) is still being made by overseas factory workers who also make wooden snakes, wooden sharks, and wooden pigs. To me, a product photo (and, to a lesser extent, amateur eBay product photos) of your own possession is interesting in so far as the product photo is clean and lit from all sides, while yours may be dirty, chipped, or lost amid a pile of papers. The contrast between these two feels analogous to the distance between the place of production and the place of consumption.

An interactive installation of this piece was included in my 2014 solo exhibition at Intersection for the Arts (below). A different version was exhibited in 2017 at the Richmond Art Center.

A person in a gallery is using a mouse on a pedestal to navigate this website on a wall-mounted monitor. Next to the monitor are three small shelves with some of the actual objects in the list.
(photo: Scott Chernis)