14:00-16:00pm Friday 25th August 2017
10:00-16:00 Thurs 24th-Sun 27th Aug 2017
Pavilion Gallery, RGS-IBG
Commodities involved: The Instagram value of my cats – how much they’re worth in terms of likes. I know that Jack is worth more than Maisy. He gets more likes.
I’m profiting because I’m receiving likes. Instagram because I’m desperate for their platform so I’m generating money for them. I chose this moment think because I do this quite often and it’s an amusing thing. It’s more of a confession in a way.
Commodities involved: Is there anything that can’t be traded?
The cops are arresting people, another guy “Mr Smooth” is bribing the cops. It’s happening around the world. Doing this broadened what I think about in terms of trade and exchange. What is a commodity. Is there anything that can’t be traded?
Commodities involved: Game. Money.
Tobi is earning the money he needs to buy the game. It’s teaching him values. That things don’t just turn up, you have to wait or earn things. Things happen so instantly you don’t always have to wait, so it’s important to learn those skills. It’s like a dance – when you’re both dancing to the same tune, the rhythm is easy. The exchange works. But it’s a deeper level than just an exchange.
Commodities involved: people are paying tickets to see the flying man
Half of the money goes to the ticket vendor and half goes to the flying man. When I saw the flying man I thought it might be cool to have a robbery scene that’s also got a trade in it.
Commodities involved: The cat, the dogs, a bat, an owl, the scorpion.
Someone is buying an expensive Persian cat with a sack of money. I like the way the cat jumps into the grass and runs away with its owner. I wanted to make something cute. It’s not that
dramatic. ‘I’ve just got a caa…aaat!'”
Commodities involved: LEGO heads.
“Moody Megan in the booth is angrily trading heads. I started putting the LEGO together and we had a conversation about the commodification of children in education, then I found the LEGO heads up in the box. I thought about trade and exchange not just being material objects but also intangible products as well as stuff on shelves… and products we don’t even realise are products… we just think that’s the way it is. I like the […]