WHEN MONEY IS NOTHING MORE THAN ITS WEIGHT
This project attempted to establish a brand-new material exchange system within the existing one, and to make people reflect on the symbolic exchange system nowadays. During the project, I bought plastic toy dogs in a grocery store, and melted the amount of New Taiwan Dollars coins equal to each toy dog’s price in order to make their metal copies. Since the specific weights of metal and plastic are different in the first place, these metal toy dogs turned out to be incomplete in shape.
As the end of the project, I measured the weight of coins in equivalent amount to the price of a plastic toy dog, and set the
weight as the price of a metal toy dog. In this exchange game system I invented, I’ve asked the customer who bought the metal dog paying me with another “currency”—any materials at the same weight as the metal dog. In this way, I’ve managed to collect plenty of articles and looking forward to use them as the source material for the next exchange-system-related project.