Project Description

Museum of Contemporary Commodities (2015 – 2018)

A touring exhibition & online collection curating the things we buy today as the heritage of tomorrow.

Context: smart technologies, neoliberal economies & the prolific present, capitalisation of big data, Internet of Things.

THE WORK

MoCC is a ‘pop up’ exhibition that invites you to think about about the value of things, why we buy them and where they come from. Our lively digital activities, walkshops, and conversation events help make new connections between the data, trade, place and values that shape our everyday lives.

MoCC was developed in residency at Furtherfield in Finsbury Park, London. The project has been presented as a Thinkering Day, a Free Market event, an exhibition piece, a shop-gallery & micro festival, and as a museum in its own right on Exhibition Road, London. Further ‘pop-ups’ are evolving for 2017-19.

You can become a MoCC curator yourself by contributing to our online collection.  Please Get in touch if you would like MoCC to occupy a place near you as part of our next tour.

Photography: Andrew Brand (London) & Benjamin J Borley (Exeter).

EVENTS

  • 12th January 2013 Thinkering Day supported by REACT and AHRC at University of Exeter
  • 6  May 2015 Data Walkshop led by data activist Dr Alison Powell 17:30-21:00 Furtherfield Commons, London
  • 20 & 21 May 2015 Exploring Data, Place, and Values in Finsbury Park with students from Central Saint Martins MA Narrative Environments  at Furtherfield Commons.
  • 10:30 – 16:30 Saturday 13 June 2015 Data Derby Day!at Furtherfield Commons
  • 11:00 – 16:00 17 – 19 July 2015 MoCC Free Market, Furtherfield Gallery & Surrounds, Finsbury Park, London
  • 17 October – 22 November 2015 MoCC Guide Mikayla stars as part of The Human Face of Cryptoeconomies exhibition, Furtherfield Gallery, Finsbury Park, London
  • 10:30-16:30 Saturday 17 October 2015 Share your values with MoCC at LAB #1 in the Art Data Money series, Furtherfield Commons, Finsbury Park, London
  • 10:30-15:30, Saturday 7 November 2015 Constructing the shopping cyborg – what kind are you?: Art-ethnography workshop with Chiara Garbellotto, Furtherfield Commons, London
  • 10:00-14:00 30 & 31 March 2016 Cuppa Data research labs with MoCC commissioned artists Autonomous Tech Fetish at  Exeter Library Cafe or Sid’s Cafe, St Sidwell’s Centre
  • 10:00 – 18:00 Weds-Sat 4th – 21st May 2016 MoCC shop-gallery open in at 87 Fore St, Exeter
  • 20:00 4 May 2016 Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story – MoCC hosted film screening and discussion, Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix
  • Re-making the Internet – drop-in sessions with MoCC commissioned artist Louise Ashcroft 11:00-14:00 Fri 6th May University of Exeter Forum, 10:00-14:00 Fri 13 May Sid’s Cafe, St Sidwell’s Centre, 11:00-14:00 Sat 14 May Exeter Phoenix
  • 10:00-13:00 Sat 7 May 2016 Central Exeter Data Walkshop with Dr Alison Powell (LSE)  MoCC shop-gallery
  • 10.00-18.00 Saturday 7, 14 & 21 May 2016 Commodity Consultations – live online MoCC shop-gallery
  • 13:00-17:00 Sat 7 May 2016 Devon Rescue Dolls Hacktivist Workshop with Dr Emma Cayley MoCC shop-gallery
  • 19:30 Weds 11 May 2016 The Forgotten Space – MoCC hosted film screening and discussion Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix
  • 14:00-18:00 Weds-Sat from Thurs 12-21 May 2016 art-articles by Konstantin Bayer- MoCC exhibition co-hosted with TOPOS and University of Exeter Geography Department TOPOS Space
  • 11:00-16:00 Sat 14 May & 21 May 2016 LEGO Re-creations and gif-making drop-in MoCC shop-gallery
  • 19:00 Weds 18 May 2016 Where Heaven Meets Hell – MoCC hosted film screening and discussion TOPOS Space
  • 14:00-17:30 Fri 20 May & 10:00-16:00 Sat 21 May 2016 Data Buffet: All you can input with MoCC commissioned artists Autonomous Tech Fetish FabLab Devon at Exeter Library
  • 10:00-13:00 Sat 21 May 2016 Data Cookery Class with MoCC commissioned artists Autonomous Tech Fetish FabLab Devon at Exeter Library
  • 10:00-16:00 24-27 August 2017 MoCC museum-shop at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Exhibition Rd, London. Including Data Walkshop 10:00-12:30, and Conversation event with invited speakers 14:00-16:00 25 August
  • 10:00-17:00 30 August-2 September MoCC re-assemble at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Annual International Conference. Theme: de-colonising geographical knowledges.

PARTNERS

Funders: Arts Council England, Islington Council, University of Exeter, ESRC and Exeter City Council.

Made with support from: Furtherfield, All Change Arts, Central Saint Martins, University of Westminster and Queen Mary University of London. MoCC in Exeter was run in partnership with Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Library and FabLab Devon with support from Art Week Exeter, Exeter CVS, Exeter City Council, Exeter Scrapstore, Exeter University Arts and Culture, Spacex, St Sidwells Centre. MoCC at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) was supported by the RGS-IBG.

PROJECT LINKS

Project website:   www.moccguide.net

Trade justice & cultural activism: followthethings.com

Art, technology and social change: Furtherfield.org

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WHAT WAS SAID

“The MoCC project had a really light touch, light ways of intervening in everyday spaces. There was a socially anarchic feel that prompted people to step outside daily life routines and ‘normality’ – which is a state you need to be in to consider complicated issues.”

Matt Burrows, Curator Exeter Phoenix

“Delightfully glitchy. Easy to get involved with. Innovative and informative.”

MoCC visitor

“…playful in a creative way whilst surfacing the vastness of the combined issues.”

MoCC visitor

“I was surprised to find such a clearly relevant arts project. Taking part was enjoyable, the challenge was to come up with a contribution!”

MoCC visitor

“It’s certainly an activist project, because it’s a direct critique of neoliberal use of data and people’s personal information not in their best interests, or in the best interests of people on the other side of the world… I think it’s a really impressibe move from physical testing, paper testing, user testing into a digital space… and it’s really quite extraordinary I think.”

Ruth Catlow, Co-founder and curator, Furtherfield

“… the artistic intervention added a completely new angle to the FabLab’s programme – electronics for a creative outcome (rather than electronics for electronics’ sake) is not an avenue I believe we’ve pursued before… This approach stimulates conversations that would otherwise not take place in the FabLab.”

FabLab volunteer

“I felt the project was truly participatory… I experienced in a direct and physical way the social quality of the project… it was very enjoyable and also informative.”

MoCC Free Market participant

“Quirky. It was fun to focus on the everyday, the overlooked. It was a further reminder that we produce a lot of disposable dross these days.”

MoCC visitor

PEOPLE

MoCC is an art-social science collaboration between Paula Crutchlow from Blind Ditch and Ian Cook from followthethings.com and University of Exeter. The project was developed in partnership with Furtherfield and a growing number of artists, academics, technologists and members of the public.

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RELATED EVENTS

MoCC in Exeter worked in partnership with Exeter Phoenix, Exeter Library and FabLab Devon to commission the Autonomous Tech Fetish project Data Buffet: All You Can Input, and Louise Ashcroft’s project Re-making the Internet . 

You could also have a look at Louise’s work ‘I’d rather be shopping…’ made in residence in Westfield shopping centre, Stratford.

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…collaborating with Hans Kellett on a new performance piece… and developing Ghost Train with Thelma Hulbert Gallery and East Devon District Council. Please Get In Touch if you have memories or thoughts on the former Avocet line between Exmouth and Sidmouth.

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