I really like the idea about what we buy today becoming the heritage of tomorrow. It's about how we decide the things we put in the museum, more participatory but not top-down
I felt part of a conspiracy!
... a morning spent exploring and discussing the complexities of human transactions, the public and social contracts we enter into on our journeys to work or the shops or the pub, the different ways in which we hand-over our data and our identities every moment of every day — and the way in which the digital is transforming our sense of what constitutes value in art.
I thought about the difficulty of doing anything without some knock-on consequences. The politics of disavowel.
It helped me dissect my relationship to the product a little more, letting me reflect on its hold on me.
The walkshop directed me less to processes of commerce within the area, more to the infrastructures that enable them – for instance, rail communications, market spaces, online/offline, devices. It stimulated an interest in the processes and trade and exchange that underlie this infrastructure in turn – where does it come from, how and where is it manufactured, what networks and processes does it have to go through to arrive here?
The concept of a series of participatory prototypes (interactive objects, installations and performances) under the umbrella name of MoCC evolved from a ‘Thinkering Day’ at the University of Exeter where artists, activists, digital experts and academics explored the forms and roles such a digital arts project could take in the public realm.