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Oranges

By | June 30th, 2015|gallery|

Commodities involved: oranges, £1 coins, plastic bowls.

“There’s a fruit and veg stall near Finsbury Park. Everything is presented in white plastic bowls. They are all the same size. Each one’s contents cost £1. It’s a simple exchange. You pay. You go. The stall holder can tell you where in the world each bowl’s contents were grown. If you ask.”

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GP what?!

By | June 30th, 2015|gallery|

Commodities involved: Smartphone, GPS  location and identity/geotag data, Image file of the digital photo, Social media statistics, Generated data from online posting.

Here the man takes a smartphone photo of a chimpanzee in the park and posts it on Twitter. We imagined that 50,000 people re-posted this image. Who profits? The identity traders, the marketeers, the geodata traders. “This is a threshold moment between material things. I chose it because I don’t really understand how it works, but it does… because […]

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The Book House (Finsbury Park by the Stroud Green Rd entrance)

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Commodities involved: Second hand books, Used magazines, Good will

A circular, alternative economy where one book is exchanged for another in a gifting system based in obligation, that builds relations between humans (Marcel Maus).  The book house is beautifully painted with inspirational quotes on it. Both the people who participate in this exchange and passersby are profiting. “I love books. I’m interested in the fact that it’s a postponed exchange – you don’t see the person you exchange […]

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The Private View

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Commodities involved: Fine art, Aspirations, Exclusivity.

We were discussing Frieze Art Fair which prompted the question ‘who is art for?’ “Here the artist is profiting hopefully… The dealer. The gallery.” We wondered whether contemporary conceptual art will survive, and what is the importance of technique. We talked about social practice and who or what profits from that – the politics of social engineering.

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Stick up!

By | June 30th, 2015|gallery|

Commodities involved: cash, gun, car, clothes

We were talking about trade and exchange in a wider sense and thinking about what kind of behaviour is provoked by wanting commodities. Here the man is standing next to a cash point and the thieves take both the money and his clothes. The trade is his life for his money.

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