We’re kicking everything into gear today! Painting of the stains is well underway, Cindy and Yvonne are designing posters, and upon Andrew’s suggestion, we began collecting CHASE bank ATM receipts that reveal tiny but fascinating narratives just based on the amount of cash withdrawn and balance. We’ve decided to cover a whole wall with them! Our more successful moments are when everyone jumps in, finds the task in which they excel, and gives themselves over to the energy of the group. There is a lot of cross-pollination of ideas and groups giving each other feedback.
From the first day, we began collecting information about ourselves- how much we pay for rent, wage, people we talk to during our day, how many hours per day we work for money, etc. We did this through simple worksheets that we filled out in order to use ourselves as an informal demographic.
The questions began with ones that were very concrete. They then moved to ones about value: “What did you desire to buy but didn’t buy?”, “What is something you regretted buying?”, “How many hours were you creative?” And finally they became very subjective and difficult to answer: “How can one compensate labor without the exchange of money?” , “How can we reward someone for caring for a common good/space?”, “What kind of productivity is non-productive?”, “What kind of desire is productive?”
Student Feedback on the Day:
I found it most interesting that the older interviewees ultimately fell to religion when answering philosophical questions. However, no answer was surprising; it was somehow expected. In suggesting the Chase wall to the team, I wanted to create a piece that was not only visually immersive, but relatable (as the Chase logo/palette is instantly recognizable to a New Yorker). The final layout, one block of Chase account balance receipts being intersected by a block of purchase receipts, served to represent the hemorrhage of spending out of the varied accounts. The sample of accounts had a surprising amount of fluctuating balances.
- Andrew Persoff