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Friday Poll: Life in a Giant Hamster Wheel

Today’s poll question: would you live in a giant hamster wheel for ten days?


As performance art, two men are living in a giant hamster wheel for ten days:

Think it’s tough living with a roommate? These two fellows are sharing a house that spins like a hamster wheel—one on the inside and one on the outside—forcing them to coordinate their daily routine.

Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder’s In Orbit is a performance art piece examining the social effects of architecture. For ten days, they are spending 24 hours a day in their spinning “house”—although I wonder how the bathroom situation works. All of the furniture is attached to the wheel itself, and the two have to operate in tandem in order to access a different piece of furniture. The shape of the house affects not just the boundaries but also the relationship between the two dwellers.

(The performance is called In Orbit, and derives from the idea of a rotating space wheel, but it looks like a hamster wheel, too.)

If I have the time someday, I’d try it. I’m just not sure I’d last ten days…

How ’bout you?

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Ayn Rand
8 years ago

No thank you.

Dr. X
8 years ago

Life is already like this.

The Phantom Stranger
8 years ago

This critic thinks this bit of performance art has gone to the rats. Laughable, if anything…

Sue
8 years ago

Maybe for about a half hour – tops!

Anonymous
8 years ago

that wheel must have been expensive to build

Zeker
8 years ago

Ben there , done that.

JOHN ADAMS
8 years ago

Yes, indeed!