Title: Forkonomy() 岔經濟()

Year of production: 2020

Medium: Installation, Video, Participatory workshop

:: Description ::

In collaboration with Taiwanese artist Lee Tzu-Tung

In contemporary economical expansion, America federal and banks, giant tech corporations have managed to maintain their colonial forces to govern the accessibility and distribution of resources. The rise of China economic power, though operating in a different regime, also follows and adopts similar capitalistic, centralized and advanced (computable) machines, in which the invisible hand exploits ecologies and alienates labors. The economy trade bloc further demarcates the nowaday island states and territories of the Pacific.

However, many people have lived and traversed through the sea, between islands, coastlines, and cities for over two thousand years. Taiwan as the northeast Austronesians and Hong Kong 蜑家 Dang-Chia as “ocean peoples” viewed the world as “a sea of islands” rather than “places along the continent”. With the history and development of port infrastructure, it is not surprised that bartering and piracy on material and intangible wealth were the precursors to the monetary system.

Through Forkonomy(), we are interested in rethinking the politics of our contemporary economic and technical-cultural systems. By employing free and open source software and decentralized protocols, we set the participatory project as a commoning ship for people of the pacific who want to queer the matters of hierarchies, ownership, gendered labor division, as well as to fight against the constant threats of maintaining a high degree of autonomy regarding the land and the sea. Forknomy() shall sail the economy and autonomy into a queer ocean of freedom and the sea of commonwealth.





:: Video Documentation ::

Workshop recording: Day 1, Day 2

Mozilla Hubs:

:: Review ::

:: Exhibition Record(s) ::

14-20 Dec 2020 , LAB KILL LAB, FORKING PIRAGENE, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab

:: Acknowledgement ::

Shu Lea Cheang, Yukiko Shikata

Supported by C-Lab, Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab