"The Greeks had two meaning for it (Utopia): 'eu-topos', meaning the good place, and 'u-topos' meaning the place that cannot be.” Madmen: Babylon
|one week later|
If you get something really cool, like the above patio set, even though you had to drive out to San Ramon to get it, does it seem fair to give back to the community, put out into the ether, something not as cool? Cool has value, so leaving clothes that are torn, ratty and ugly on the street for scavengers to pick up doesn't seem to fit the 'free economy' model, so the Free Economy only works if you give value for value;
Love/like/appreciation has value, so if you give some of your artwork, which nobody else is buying, and value is only based on what people will pay for it, what is the value of that artwork? basically nothing unless someone really loves it, then giving something someone loves and is excited about equals whatever you have gotten for free and were excited about;
There is always someone who wants to take it all;
There is always something that nobody wants, those are the sad things, so maybe sad has value.
In whatever this economy is now, this economy in which we live, we tend to give away stuff we no longer value, and probably has no re-sale value, like laser disc movies, but just because we don't value something somebody else might although is there a false comfort, a false sense that 'one person's trash is another's treasure'?
Is giving to a donation centre the same as Giving in a Free Economy? I don't think so - since the donation centre then sells the items, encouraging a monetary economy.
The Utopian Free Economy Project is about collecting, displaying, photographing then letting everyone take what they want from the display, leaving only the photograph as a document and the conversations as a memory. Items collected fit my personal aesthetic: a mix of mid-century/vintage cool to whatever-era whacky or melancholic.
A large map with tiny images of each treasure on their original location may also be part of the project, maybe, maybe not?
A book compiling the fun/ironic Craiglsist ads will also be present, a small example:
1 gorgeous and 1 alright chicken (berkeley)
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