We are in a group meeting trying to figure out what the curatorial policy for MoCC should be. We’re amusing ourselves by making different bylines ‘currently curating the downfall of capitalism’, ‘currently curating Finsbury Park as an anarchist experiment’… We are supposed to be deciding the form of the three day event we are running 17th-19th July at Furtherfield Gallery right in the centre of the park. We know we want lots of different activities that will draw park visitors into the project, engage people in conversation about data-trade-place-value relations, and act as a thinking ‘warm-up’ for the MoCC prototype testing we want to do inside the gallery. We’ve got a couple of ideas from the workshops we’ve been running – a hacked scanner that makes glitch-like images of the things it’s moved across, the shopping quiz, a table where people can make lego GIFs, a machine that predicts people’s future purchases by asking them what they just bought (made from cardboard). Ian has recruited three former students from his Material Culture course to act as remote commodity consultants; trained human geography researchers who will answer participants’ questions over skype chat about the commodities they want to add to the museum.
‘The Free Market is currently curating Finsbury Park’ someone says. We laugh. We imagine making a Free Market at the gallery where you don’t need cash because everything is paid for with data. People can opt in to different levels of data sharing as they sign up for the event, and then negotiate accordingly with each stall holder if they change their mind about what information about themselves or feedback on the event they want to trade. Data in exchange for experience isn’t that how it works? But we will fully be transparent about it the structure we’re making and give people choice over their data sharing actions. It’s a way of engaging people and a pedagogical tool. We make a list of all the possible types of activities we could have at the market and begin recruiting…