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on a mission and you're wish'en...


I don't get all juiced up mission statements, but this one was pretty interesting:

"The mission of the prodigal art organization is to create a free flowing assimilation of art into society.

We believe this can be accomplished by reversing the way art is currently sold. Instead of artistís locating buyers of their art, and charging that single buyer for everything the art encompasses, including time, materials, marketing and storage, artistís choose to give the art away for free.

Then, whenever the art is sold in the future, 50% of the profit collected from that sale is sent back to the artist. This process is expected of anyone else down the line that owns and sells the art for profit."

I wondered what you all thought...

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an interesting, honor-based system. I like efforts that promote honor.7/7/2004 11:12:26 AM
People generally aren't honorable and are very concerned about money.

That being said, I like the idea in a perfect world. But if an artist pours hundreds of dollars of materials into a piece, when he or she sells it they would probably want to be compensated for at least that. The prospect of future money (and who says the piece will ever change hands again?) is pretty grim and something you can't count on. Many of us will claim to have Socialist tendencies when asked about our politcal philosophies, but in practice we want to put food on our table and clothes on our back.
7/12/2004 10:47:27 AM
Methods of exchange based on "giving" rather than "taking" are far from unheard of. In Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya, the staple crop is yams. Not sweet potatos, but tropical YAMS, around the size of a basketball. Women (especially menstruating women) are not permitted to tend the yam gardens, because they can bear children. Cultivating the yams is seen as the men's way of bringing life into the world.

Due to this, a family will not consume the yams from their own garden -- since this would be equivalent to eating your children. Instead, the yams are given away to other families. The more lavishly decorated the yam is, the more social prestige is conferred onto the giver. Thus prestige ("political power") within the society is derived through giving instead of consuming. Over time, trading partnerships are established among the different families, and everyone is fed. The motivations are the same as within western capitalism -- power and recognition. The methods, however, are outside of the scope of our supposedly more civilized socio-economic models.
7/15/2004 10:15:52 PM
it seems likely that such a way of getting art out there can work, but the danger is in records, in the altruism of the thing ... although we know that nice guys can finish first (from evolutionary biology, amongst other areas) will they really?8/13/2004 12:34:51 PM
if they eat yams. damn peter, that post made me hungry.8/16/2004 11:49:12 PM
I heartily recommend yam fries. Make a batch to give to a friend -- maybe they'll reciprocate!8/18/2004 7:30:32 AM
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