Souvenir salt and pepper set bought in Scotland by a friend and given to me as I have a publicly declared affinity with GPs. The Salt and Pepper pigs are superficially the same: colour, ear tilt and paws. On close inspection, there is a subtle difference in head posture and marking. I wonder if the person on the production line anthropomorphised the product as I do?
Where and how is it used?
Purely decorative, in a whimsical way, since I never use salt. I wonder who would purchase this product to use for its notional intended purpose? I have grave middle class misgivings about pushing salt to children, etc etc.
What did you or someone else pay for it?
Not more than £5
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
I like things in pairs. I like small souvenirs of travels. I was dubious about my son's acquisition of his guinea pigs but I was upset when Reddy died, leaving his brother (Blackie) on his own. This pair of pigs are kitsch as hell and were given to me in that post-modern spirit but I think they're sweet.
How was it made?
Is made in a factory
Is produced by local cottage industry
Is made to particular specifications
Is craft / hand-made
Is a service
Materials & Making
Who made or produced your commodity?
The pottery mark is "Quail"
Who was paid to make it?
What skills does it take to make it?
More than just production line
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
Not answered yet
What is it made from?
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Who or what assesses its quality?
Where is it sold?
Who or what sells it?
Not answered yet
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
In a handbag
Where is it used?
Where is it kept?
On a shelf
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
Where will it go when it's finished with?
What is it worth?
To me, more than the purchase price of £5
Join the conversation
How do you value this commodity?
See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.
- This commodity has been valued 3 times.
- The yellow bar indicates the average of values contributed by visitors including those of the donor.
- The red bar indicates the original values of the donor. (See intructions below)
Questions and answers
Answer questions that the commodity contributor has asked. Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses.
Question: Does everyone struggle with the feeling that you might reveal too much in your choice of commodity?
I guess for somebody who isn't into sharing their childrens' eating habits on Facebook this can be a bit like stepping up to the mic.
I reallylike how this project invites all sorts of imaginative speculation whilst being discreet. I also think it a great idea to use objects as a catalyst for communication.
After all some suggest that we live in the anthropocene, the age were we produce so much shit that it will add up to a geological layer, and it's worth probing our place in it.
Do you give out presents in the spirit of postmodern irony?
My name is Jenny and I am a Commodity Consultant for MOCC.
This is a really interesting question. Many people actually choose to use their things as a display of self-expression and who they are, especially things like clothes, shoes, bags, accessories, and makeup. But like you were saying, there are those who feel they may be revealing too much about themselves through their collection of their personal commodities. But I believe it would be wrong to assume someone has a particular characteristic or trait based on the commodities they own or use to express their personal views with. This is not to say, however, that people do not do this.
This is a big, crontradictory question which evolves around a similar basis as 'don't judge a book by it's cover'. For example - if I have blonde hair, are people more likely to think I am less intelligent? If I wear yoga pants, do people assume I am fitter? If I wear a lot of black and heavy make-up, do people think I am a goth or sad?
Stereotypes change from place to place, from culture to culture, and from era to era, everchanging, but can we ever really know what people think when they see us, with our commodities?
For me, I like wearing and having fun things which make me happy, and hopefully this shows people that I am a happy person, but who knows!
I hope you have found this insightful,