The Collection

Become a MoCC curator by adding a commodity to our online collection. What is a commodity? Anything that exists in the market place and that's sold for profit.

Can't think of anything? Too many commodities to choose from? Choose something that you think is important, interesting, objectionable, essential. Something that we can talk about or learn from. Maybe it's something that's part of your daily life? Something throwaway or irreplaceable. Something made specifically for you, or that you share with someone else. Something that was a gift or that you collect. A commodity that's alive. Something that's been stolen or lost. A service or something intangible. Tell us why it's important. Tell us how do you feel about it.

Adding a commodity to the museum can take as little as 5 minutes or as long as you want to spend doing online research to find out more about it. To make a submission you will need a photograph of your commodity to upload. If you upload a photograph you have not taken yourself, please make sure it is copyright free. You could also draw your commodity and upload a picture of that. You will then be invited to answer a number of questions about your choice. You may not know the answers to every question. Feel free to made an education guess or write 'Don't know'. Or why not ask the MoCC community to help you find the answers, or come back later and edit your commodity's page after finding out for yourself? The final step to value your commodity using the slider system on the bottom of the page.

By adding something to MoCC you are engaging in an experiment in collective re-valuing of commodity culture. It might change the way you think about commodities and how we produce, distribute and consume them. Or not. Either way we would love to know your thoughts. If you are in a MoCC shop-gallery somewhere you can fill in a feedback form or talk to a member of the MoCC team. If you are somewhere else you can fill in this survey.

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Which commodities are highest in our rankings?

Attention

This commodity has received the most attention in the form of comments, questions answered, and values given.

Controversy

This commodity has divided opinion and received the most extreme range of positive and negative values.


Commodity questions

Can you answer questions about commodities from our curious MoCC donors?

Cocktail Silk Hat

do you have a special or a favourite hat?
Answer this question

1 answer to this question | See 1 more question about commodity


polystyrene cup and bowl with plastic spoon

Can polystyrene be recycled?
Answer this question

2 answers to this question | See 1 more question about commodity


An empty Bryant and May match box

does any one collect cigarette cards?
Answer this question

1 answer to this question | See 2 more questions about commodity


Rezel Pomade Hair Grease

what hair style would you create with this commodity?
Answer this question

1 answer to this question | See 2 more questions about commodity


Java Gender

Would you like to hear how it sounds?
Answer this question

1 answer to this question | See 1 more question about commodity


Values & Data

Here you can see the aggregate values that have been assigned to all the commodities in our collection so far. It's not a complex algorithm and we haven't gamefied the results. We have added up all the positive values and taken away the negative ones and that's what's left. In this way each individual act of valuing, directly effects the ranking and visibility of each commodity.

The value categories themselves have been derived from an ongoing research process - including conversations with people as they were shopping and in the MoCC exhibition spaces. These categories are not intended to be exhaustive or permanent but, a prompt for further thought and conversation. Please contact us if you would like to suggest new value categories.

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75 +
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- 4
70 +
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- 2
68 +
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- 3
64 +
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- 3
62 +
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- 10
68 +
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- 2
55 +
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- 10
62 +
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- 9
61 +
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- 0
52 +
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- 5
55 +
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- 2
49 +
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50 +
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- 21
44 +
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39 +
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- 17
37 +
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40 +
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- 22
38 +
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- 15
30 +
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- 21
34 +
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- 23
35 +
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28 +
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- 31
23 +
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- 42
28 +
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18 +
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17 +