pol·li·nate (pŏl′ə-nāt′)
v. pol·li·nat·ed, pol·li·nat·ing, pol·li·nates
1. To transfer pollen from an anther of an angiosperm to
(a stigma, flower, or plant).
2. To transfer pollen from a microsporangium of
a gymnosperm to (an ovule, cone, or plant).
[New Latin pollen, pollin-, pollen (from Latin, fine flour) + -ate.]

Outcome

Questioning value

The project started with this belief that there is an ever growing need for the alternatives to how we perceive and understand value, what is valuable and how we consider valuable and by whom it is created, and how does it gains value/importance. With this project we interrogate this invisible and complex verb, and further try to illustrate an exercise to distill the merit and its growth through a lens of empathy, diversity, complexity, care and trust.

Insights

Value is invisible an entity, which is tough to perceive, often expressed in the form of a system that changes as we write, evolves as we believe its Since the first discussion in September 2017, our ideas, thoughts, observations, and insights developed in various directions. At every point, we felt there is so much can be done, and that very level we try to put together and imagined the choreography within realistic possibilities.

The project as you saw was the first step to this inquiry of what is value and learning how to see without any other set notions.

"Collector" or Collection. The initial ideas about this wordplay were not rigid to us, as the act of doing this project was most important. What we tried to interrogate here was the Collection as an act of how to procure the object, which has a value. We also see Collector vs. Collection = "performer of the activity" vs. "activity" The collection gains its importance by seeing all the objects in totality, a shared knowledge, and a wealth, which is accumulated by a particular kind of process. In our discussions have to clearly stated the shared or the community value of what we are doing and keep it distinct from our experiments in seeding a parallel economy

The core points we can hold onto actually. Some we have managed to work on, some not yet.

  1. The determination of value [dealt]
  2. The development of a parallel economy [not dealt]
  3. The development of a community [started]
  4. The development of a system [dealt]

However, nudging this project to show a light of the day, we insisted persistently moved ahead in spite of rough patches in the way.

Some rough patches:

  1. Internal coordination (not smooth in the beginning)
  2. Articulation (the external voicing out of the whys and whats - a talk? A panel discussion?)
  3. The nature of our conversation (more development - more coherent)
  4. Recording the conversations
The project as you saw was the first step to this inquiry of what is value and learning how to see without any other set notions.

"Collector" or Collection. The initial ideas about this wordplay were not rigid to us, as the act of doing this project was most important. What we tried to interrogate here was the Collection as an act of how to procure the object, which has a value.

We also see Collector vs. Collection = "performer of the activity" vs. "activity" The collection gains its importance by seeing all the objects in totality, a shared knowledge, and a wealth, which is accumulated by a particular kind of process. In our discussions have to clearly stated the shared or the community value of what we are doing and keep it distinct from our experiments in seeding a parallel economy

Can the intention of this collection be seen as a "gesture to procure worth" also "identifying the merit" and to question is it possible at all?

More like:

  1. What are the parameters of worth
  2. How can it be determined
  3. Demonstrate

We did evolve certain things rather restricted to go further in terms of "pay" in terms of daily wage and challenged the "currency" by marking our own value points, at this time we also thought not to bring the common INR into the scene of this set of Imaginarium.

Yes but we have to resolve our discussions on bitcoin and block chain to answer:

  1. How do we translate intrinsic value into external real-world currency.

The currency can be anything if it works as a circulation, as a medium of exchange; here we set 'questions as a currency'.

The questions, which are unanswered, questions which are introspective, important for us as practicing artist and weaves our practice through social flux. We thought of making this as the prime lens to distill the value. The same questions are to be answered by everyone how wants to be a part of this experiment.
By applying as an artist or as a panelist.

We have to think more about the entire process of panelist applications and how we are qualifying them - it did not work this time. The question remains, what happens to the collection? And what can we do with this data is still to be decided. We would have to playtest in different aspects of artist careers, across the mediums and across the cultures and languages and seek their responses, and see all the questions need to be upgraded for which kind of age of practice.
The collection can be:

  1. A symbolic way to start a collection
  2. A way to create a parallel economy
  3. Create a recommendation-system for artists

Can these set and negotiations perform in the field of design?

How will it change if we use the same rule set for literature? Music? Sports? Technology? Innovation?

Is it possible to make them effective in schools and universities? And what level this can be encouraged?

(c) 2018 – A project by Jiten Thukral, Sumir Tagra and Prayas Abhinav