Silicon rubber cartoon cow with popping, bulging eyes. 3 inches tall. Soft and squeezy, when you squeeze it the eyes pop out on stalks.
Where and how is it used?
I use it as an icebreaker. I put it on the table if conversation is lacking or stalled/paused and, if people haven't smiled yet, I squeeze it and the eyes pop out on stalks. I took it to Portugal on holiday last year and in the hostal, around Christmas time, there was a nativity scene and I added it, along with a penguin from McDonalds, to the scene. It was a joyful thing, people enjoyed the humour. Ps i was sensitive to the religious beliefs of those present.
What did you or someone else pay for it?
Bought from a chariity shop, I paid hardly anything for it, maybe 50p. I can't really remember. I like the fact that I can't remember where I bought it from.
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
Because art becomes art because it has a name associated with it. Mass produced commodities don't but I believe that this has acchieved a high standard of creative, artistic, sculptural quality which is high and was made with intent, or a brief, to make an object that gives joy and happiness to others. I think it accomplished this to a high degree. It's intentional, and an artistic endeavour. I would love it if Channel4 was to make a documentary to travel to 'China' to ask people if they know where this was made and to track down the factory and the designer and to interview them and in the process to give the designer the recognition that they deserve and to encourage the viewers to reconsider the industrial artists who design mass produced commodities. You might think about this when you get your next Happy Meal. This documentary would be called - The Lost Artists of the Commodities World. There could be a series of films on mass commodity artists.
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?
That's what I'm interested in. I don't know and would like to find out!
Who was paid to make it?
Is the artist recognised as an artist and in monetary terms for their work?
What skills does it take to make it?
That's what i want to find out, someone may have 3d printed this as a prototype. Art and craft understandings of material and what they're capable of,, including eye popping mechanism. Then this probably be handed on to those involved in its mass production, and their skillsets.
Where was it made?
Unintended prejudice suggests that it's made in a factory in Asia.
What does it cost to make it?
What is it made from?
Two clear hard platic eyes with loose eyeballs inside, maybe on springs.
Silocone rubber body with printing, pink and brown.
3. Sealing plug:
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Who or what assesses its quality?
Where is it sold?
Who or what sells it?
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
Where is it used?
Where is it kept?
with meor at home
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
longer than me
Where will it go when it's finished with?
toy cow heaven ?
What is it worth?
greater personal value than financial
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 valued||1|
|Controversy||70.5 (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.
(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
Questions and answers
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