presenting the things we buy today as the heritage of tomorrow
From April The Museum of Contemporary Commodities will be researching in and around the Finsbury Park area, and online, to create a radical new artwork.
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.
Imagine yourself as this museum’s curator with the power to choose what is displayed and how. To trace and interpret the provenance and value of these things and how they arrived here. To consider the effects this stuff has on people and places close by or far away, and how and why it connects them.
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.
Please join us on our journey by browsing and adding to our collection, attending an event, and becoming a researcher. We are currently curating connections between trade-place-data-values.
Ways to get involved
We are inviting people to join a team of volunteer researchers and art makers to get involved in the process through a series of walkshops, workshops and digital-arty-social events running at Furtherfield, spaces in and around Finsbury Park and online. Share your experiences of shopping and trading, and help us create an engaging and entertaining experience with sensor technology, sound design, digital interactions and live action, that makes visible some of the complex relationships at play between data surveillance, trade justice, and global/local commodity culture. So, whether you’re a local Finsbury Park resident, or you want to connect online, get in touch and get involved!
Events: Come along to one of our events that will be ongoing from April 2015. See the events listings below for more details.
Accompanied shopping trips: Chat whilst you shop. We want to find out more about how people shop in Finsbury Park and online. Show us where you go, what you buy and tell us why.
Walkshops: Take to the streets of Finsbury Park and find out more about the local retail environment, trade-justice and data processes.
Researchers: contribute to the online Commodity Culture Journal
To find out more about volunteering and getting involved contact email@example.com
Thursday 7 May 6-8.30pm - Walkshop led by data activist Dr Alison Powell from the London School of Economics. More info.
Saturday 13 June 10.30am-4.30pm - Data Derby Day. Come along to Furtherfield Commons and join us on a Data Walk of Finsbury Park, re-create scenes of data exchange in LEGO, or create an interactive poster to take away with you at the end of the day. Open to everyone. More info.
17-19 July 11:00am-4.30pm - Free Market Day at Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park & Surrounds. Leave your money at home and use your personal data to buy, sell, or barter for a delicious range of commodities and experiences at the MoCC Free Market. More info.
16 October - 22 November 2015 - MoCC What kind of shopper are you? as part of The Human Face of Cryptoeconomies (Art Data Money programme) at Furtherfield Gallery.
Saturday 17 October 10:30am-4:30pm - Share Your Values with MoCC at Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park & Surrounds. An art-social science event exploring relations between data, trade, place and values and how these are affecting our daily lives and spaces. More info.
To find out more about volunteering for any of the above or to contribute your thoughts and opinions contact firstname.lastname@example.org or via @moccofficial
About the Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) at Furtherfield
The Museum of Contemporary Commodities is an art and social science research project led by artist Paula Crutchlow (Blind Ditch) and cultural geographer Ian Cook (University of Exeter). The project is being developed in Finsbury Park in partnership with Furtherfield and will have its Grand Opening in September as part of the Art Data Money exhibition at Furtherfield Gallery.
Transforming Furtherfield Gallery into an interactive shop-museum MoCC will use sensor technology, sound design, digital interactions and live action, to make visible some of the complex relationships at play between data surveillance, trade justice, and global and local commodity culture.
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. View a video from the day here: