Forkonomy()

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.

在當代經濟擴張的環境下,美國聯邦和銀行,大型科技公司設法維持其殖民力量來管理資源的可及性和分配。儘管中國是在不同的制度下運作,但也遵循並採用了類似的資本主義,集中化和先進的(可計算的)機器大大提高了中國經濟實力。可是無形的手卻利用了生態並影响了勞動分工。經濟貿易集團及政治利益進一步劃分了當今的太平洋島國和領土。

然而,兩千多年來許多人在島嶼,海岸線和城市之間的海洋中生活和穿越。台灣是東北的南極人,香港蜑家被稱為“海洋民族”,並把世界視為“島嶼之海”,而不是“陸上的地方”。有著港口基礎設施的背景,從以物易物和海盜行為發展到現今的貨幣體系是不足為奇。

通過岔經濟(),我們希望以共有、共治、共享的角度再次審視財產與國家的關係、與參與者思考與制定如何擁有海洋、以及用何種形式擁有海洋。接著,如果我們共同持有這片海洋,又該如何共同經營、管理以及維護它?藉由自由及開源軟體以及去中心化協定,這個參與式計畫如同一艘太平洋地區人民共有的船,船上的乘客一步步對階級、擁有權、性別勞動分工、基礎建設等問題提出質疑。所有參與者將共同探討岔經濟()如何將經濟和自治的概念駛入自由的酷兒之洋以及共享之海。

More: https://hackmd.io/@siusoon/forkonomy-public

:: Video Documentation ::

Workshop recording: Day 1, Day 2

Mozilla Hubs: https://hubs.mozilla.com/uTnEQX4/forkonomy

:: 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