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Temples: The Relationship Between Gyms And Our Broken Food System

Eat a gross burger, sweat it out in a gross gym. Watch the cycle repeat in this new video. Don’t lose your lunch.

Temples: The Relationship Between Gyms And Our Broken Food System
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Alex Moore, the artist behind this series of photographs that looks at people eating fast food alone, is back with a new project: a video that examines the relationship between consumer behavior, gyms, and unhealthy food choices.

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The first part of Moore’s video features side-by-side images of people working out and highly-processed food being churned out at a factory. As the artist wordlessly points out, we are always trying to atone for what we’ve eaten. The second part of Moore’s video is reminiscent of F/00d, his fast food series.

In F/00d, Moore uses digital manipulation to make people eating fast food look grotesque. A similar technique is used in Temples, where still images of people working out look equally disgusting.

Do people exercising after eating giant salads look any different from people lifting weights after eating a McDonald’s burger? Not really. But it’s true that for many people, physical activity isn’t particularly fun–it’s something you deal with in a large, impersonal gym while wearing headphones and watching a screen. It’s redemption for our food sins.

About the author

Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more

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