2006 The Saddest Thing I Own

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A collaboration of Matthew Belanger, Elizabeth Mikesell and Marianne R. Petit

“The Saddest Thing I own” is a web-based repository of just that — the saddest things people own. What are these sad things? What makes things sad? Do things start off sad? Do some sad things begin as happy things that then become sad? Are some things only sad because for some sad reason we kept them? Are some things just plain sad no matter what? This is what we want to know. Users can visit the site, upload images and accompanying stories, tag items accordingly, and search the items and stories other individuals have entered.

“The Saddest Thing I Own” received over 100,000 visitors within its first 48 hours and received hundreds of submissions.

(The Saddest Thing I Own is a 2005 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc., (aka Ether-Ore) for its Turbulence web site. It is supported by the Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable contributions of artists to society.)