Museum of Contemporary Commodities


In May 2016 MoCC is presenting a series of lively, and entertaining digital hacktivist activities and associated events in Exeter and online, that explore the deep links between data, trade, place and values that shape our everyday lives


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Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC)

Imagine as you next walk down the high street or relax in your local park, that everything is known about you - your name, your favourite cafe, your last purchase, your most personal feelings, and even your religious beliefs. Does a warm feeling of belonging grow within you, or does this invasive surveillance freak you out?

With retail driving the development of real-time big data processes, how and what we trade, exchange and consume and where we do it, is affecting both the worlds we live in, and those we dream of making - in ways that seem increasingly far beyond our knowledge or control.

Museum of Contemporary Commodities (MoCC) is a digitally networked arts project that invites us to collectively re-value our commodity cultures, by treating the things we buy today as the heritage of tomorrow.

Our online commodity collection is launching on 25th April. Here you will be able to add your own commodity to the museum, browse, interact with and re-value the exhibits. Open 24 hours a day to anyone with a digitally networked device at

MoCC is neither a building nor a permanent collection of stuff – it’s an invitation. To consider every shop, online store and warehouse full of stuff as if it were a museum, and all the things in it part of our future heritage. Imagine yourself as this museum’s curator with the power to choose what is displayed and how. To trace and interpret the provenance and value of these things and how they arrived here. To consider the effects this stuff has on people and places close by or far away, and how and why it connects them. What do we mean by things or stuff? Everything that you can buy in today’s society. The full range of contemporary commodities available to consume. 

MoCC is an art-social science research project led by artist Paula Crutchlow (Blind Ditch) and cultural geographer Dr Ian Cook (University of Exeter & The project is being developed in partnership with Furtherfield (nominated for Prix Ars Electronica 2016), collaborating artists, technologists, and members of the public with an aim to investigate and make visible some of the complex relationships at play between data surveillance, trade justice, and global and local commodity culture. 

MoCC in Exeter is also working with partners Exeter Phoenix, FabLab Devon, Exeter Library, Art Week Exeter, TOPOS Space and the University of Exeter Geography Department to curate a series of outreach activities that investigate our relationships to things, value and digital culture.

In May 2016 MoCC is presenting a series of lively, and entertaining digital hacktivist activities and associated events in Exeter and online, that explore the deep links between data, trade, place and values that shape our everyday lives.  Click here to see what's on in Exeter and click here for MoCC online activities.

Paula Crutchlow is an independent artist and performance maker who co-authors and directs live events across a variety of forms. Her work with Devon based artist collective Blind Ditch creates collaborative and unexpected happenings in everyday spaces, often using participatory approaches and digital media to actively engage people in the making of the event. Paula was an Associate Lecturer in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Devon 2001-10, and has taught across performance and digital technology in various university and vocational settings. She is creative advisor for Adverse Camber directing storytelling and music with internationally renowned artists, and is currently an ESRC funded researcher in Critical Human Geography at the University of Exeter.

Dr Ian Cook is a cultural geographer, commodity activist and founder of, a spoof online shop, resource, database and fieldsite stocked with provocative 'follow the thing' work by academics, students, filmmakers, artists, journalists and others. He writes as 'Ian Cook et al' to acknowledge the collaborative nature of all of his work. He is the Global Education & Resources lead for Fashion Revolution and is the lead of Exeter University's Geographies of Creativity and Knowledge Research Group.

Furtherfield is the UK’s leading organisation for arts, technology and social change, recently nominated for the Prix Ars Electronica Digital Communities. Since 1997 Furtherfield has created online and physical spaces and places for people to come together to develop and create critical and experimental art and digital technologies on their own terms.



More information about MoCC


Website: for booking links for data walkshops, locations and opening times.


Twitter: @moccofficial @exeter_phoenix @exeterlibrary @fablabdevon


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