upcycling in progress

james jack 2022

taro furukata 2023

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~ alternative economies of shared value

“Arts of Upcycling: Informal Economies of Sharing” elucidates examples of storied places where reciprocity is center of life, thought and belief. This artist research focuses on integrating alternative economic systems in contemporary artistic ecosystems, asking the question, "How can we decentralize power towards informal sharing economies?"

We are examining literary sources, conducting oral history interviews and doing creative actions focused on island sites with stories embraced by hugs of the Pacific Ocean.

This artist research explores the possibility of a creative and practical models to supplement existing systems with diverse cultural interactions by collecting materials, doing oral histories, translating artifacts and activities rooted in the archipelago of Japan into global models seen with fresh perspectives.