A bar of soap originating in the Palestinian town of Nablus
Where and how is it used?
on the body, to wash
What did you or someone else pay for it?
A present from my wife
Why do you want to add it to the museum?
The olive tree is both an important socio-political symbol and vital material resource forming the foundation of the local economy in cities such as Nablus. It has been one of the foremost material/symbolic ‘things’ to have undergone cultural and physical decimation by the Israeli occupation. It is crucial for the Palestinian people to maintain their culture through the commodities they produce, resisting assimilation and preserving their socio-economic heritage. Read my full essay on the socio-political life of soap here > https://www.academia.edu/21039031/The_Socio-Political_Life_of_Soap
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?
Nablus Soap company
Who was paid to make it?
Nablus Soap company, Sindyanna of Galilee
What skills does it take to make it?
Soap making skills
Where was it made?
What does it cost to make it?
What is it made from?
Buying & Owning
Who decides how much it costs?
Nablus Soap company,
Who or what assesses its quality?
Nablus Soap company
Where is it sold?
online and in independent resellers and not for profit organisations (e.g. Bristol Palestine Museum)
Who or what sells it?
Nablus Soap company, Sindyanna of Galilee (a female-led, fair-trade NGO) and Zaytoun (London based social enterprise)
How did this thing arrive from where it was made to where you got it?
By post from Amnesty International gift catalogue
Where is it used?
on the body
Where is it kept?
in the bathroom
How and by whom is it cared for?
How long will it last?
a month maybe two ...
Where will it go when it's finished with?
down the plughole
What is it worth?
by what measurement?
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||54 (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
Help to reveal unknown quantities, properties and uses of this commodity by answering this MoCC curator's questions.
There are no questions.