Welcome to the Museum of Contemporary Commodities
The Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) is neither a building nor a permanent collection of stuff – it’s an invitation. To consider every shop, online store and warehouse full of stuff as if it were a museum, and all the things in it part of our collective future heritage. What do we mean by things or stuff? Everything that you can buy in today’s society. The full range of contemporary commodities available to consume.
With retail driving the development of real-time big data processes, how and what we trade, exchange and consume and where we do it, is affecting both the worlds we live in, and those we dream of making – in ways that seem increasingly far beyond our knowledge or control. Presented as a series of lively and challenging digital ‘hacktivist’ activities in physically located and online spaces, MoCC creates conversations between people and things that encourage deeper investigation of the deep links between data, trade, place and values that shape our everyday lives.
Could you imagine yourself as this museum’s curator with the power to choose what is valued and how? Will you work with us to trace and interpret the provenance of these things and how they connect people and places close by or far away? Would you like to think more about who or what is responsible for trade injustices in these systems, and who or what might contribute to changing them? Welcome to MoCC!
MoCC was co-founded by artist-researcher Paula Crutchlow from Blind Ditch and Cultural Geographer Ian Cook from Followthethings.com and University of Exeter. The project is being developed in partnership with Furtherfield and a growing number of artists, academics, technologists and members of the public. You can join us by contributing to our online collection, visiting our shop-gallery, or taking part in a MoCC talk or walkshop activity. Find out more about our curatorial policy or watch the project videos to find out about how the project developed.
The MoCC project continues into 2018-19. If you are interested in hosting MoCC in your town or venue don’t hesitate to contact us.