Museum of Contemporary Commodities

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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.

Where and how is it used?

To create a different kind of imaginary, a new conversation, to ask or answer questions and consider the values we associate with the things and stuff that help to make us who we are, and to shape the places in which we live.

What did you or someone else pay for it?

Thoughts for a week

Why do you want to add it to the museum?

By adding something to MoCC you are engaging in a data collection and processing exercise that is also an experiment in collective re-valuing. Our use and interpretation of the information in this database will be different from those of online retailers and direct marketing companies. We will not monetize it or use it to predict and manipulate your behaviour. However we will process this data using algorithms which have been written, like all algorithms, to interpret and present information with a specific agenda. How does knowing this affect your experience of the Museum? How does data collection and processing more widely affect our choices and limitations as well as those of other people?


How was it made?

Is made in a factory

Is farmed

Is mass-produced

Is produced by local cottage industry

Is made to particular specifications

Is craft / hand-made

Is foraged

Is found

Is colonised

Is a service


Materials & Making

Who made or produced your commodity?

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Who was paid to make it?

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What skills does it take to make it?

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Where was it made?

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What does it cost to make it?

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What is it made from?

Buying & Owning

Who decides how much it costs?

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Who or what assesses its quality?

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Where is it sold?

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Who or what sells it?

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How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?

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Where is it used?

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Where is it kept?

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How and by whom is it cared for?

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How long will it last?

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Where will it go when it's finished with?

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What is it worth?

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How do you and others value this commodity?

See the values contributed by visitors and those of the donor. And add your own values to this commodity.

Total times valued1
Positive (↑)Identity
Negative (↓)Convenience
Overall Positive107
Overall Negative-7
Controversy57 (0 = most controversial)
  

What do these numbers mean?

This data that we have collected over time in our database means nothing without interpretation. A relational database, which we are using here, is technology that enables designers of websites and software to compare, contrast, interrogate and infer relations within data. The act of designing a database is not objective but driven by the agency of its creators and owners.

Within the MoCC Collection data is used to help think through the relations between values, commodities and data. Can we describe our values using sliders and numbers? How do we infer meaning such as controversy from data?

Below is a brief explanation of the some calculations and how these help make decisions about what is shown on the site.

  • Controversy Score:
    (Total Positive Values) + (Total Negative Values)

    The closer the value is to zero the more controversial it is in relation to other commodities. Used to infer that values associated with one commodity divide opinion more than another.

  • Average Value Score (used in the sliders):
    (Total Positive for Value + Total Negative for Value) ÷ Total Times Valued

    Used to infer a collective value associated with a commodity.

How do you value this commodity?

To add your own values click VALUE THIS COMMODITY and move the sliders left and right to add your own values - then click SUBMIT
show donor's original values
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Questions and answers

Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.

There are no questions.

Conversation

Do you have questions about how this commodity is valued? Or want to talk about your own values in relation to it? Share your comments.

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