Six Degrees of Smoking (2005)

Have you ever wondered what happens to your cigarette lighter when you lend it to someone and don't get it back? This project is a global artistic collaboration to delve into the secret lives of lost lighters.

250 individually labelled cigarette lighters are handed out at train stations and posted to those who email the artist requesting to start a smoking chain in their home town/country. The recipient photographs himself smoking a cigarette and submits the photo via SMS or email. He then passes the lighter on to a fellow smoker (either a friend or a stranger) and the process is repeated. Each lighter is numbered so they can be tracked on their travels.

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Have you ever wondered what happens to your cigarette lighter when you lend it to someone and don't get it back? This project is a global artistic collaboration to delve into the secret lives of lost lighters.

250 individually labelled cigarette lighters are handed out at train stations and posted to those who email the artist requesting to start a smoking chain in their home town/country. The recipient photographs himself smoking a cigarette and submits the photo via SMS or email. He then passes the lighter on to a fellow smoker (either a friend or a stranger) and the process is repeated. Each lighter is numbered so they can be tracked on their travels.

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