Soap

by | Longevity (↓) | Authenticity (↑) | 1 comment | 0 question

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 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?

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?

Nablus, Palestine

What does it cost to make it?

?

What is it made from?

1. olives:
2. :

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?

Myself!

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 valued3
Positive (↑)Authenticity
Negative (↓)Longevity
Overall Positive444
Overall Negative-29
Controversy75.5 (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.

  • 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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- 0
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- 5
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- 0
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- 6
0 +
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Questions and answers

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Conversation

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Found these on the Amnesty International online catalogue, thank you!

by LizzieH on September 3rd at 10:57pm

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