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6 Jars at Object

posted by on 2011.10.01, under 6 Jars, MAKESHIFT NEWS, PROJECTS

‘6 JARS’
a project by makeshift (Tessa Zettel & Chay-Ya Clancy) for
Try This at Home, Object
8 Oct 2011 – 8 Jan 2012

This is a co-op without borders. A weekly jar swap. Fill 6 jars with something good and delicious, Keep 1 jar and forward on 5. Your participation will manifest tenfold expanding outwards from your house onto the streets and flowing onwards, creating community and filling our cupboards. The revolution is here. In our kitchens and in the jars we carry in bike baskets into the hands of new friends and ones we don’t see enough.


An invitation

You are cordially invited to become part of the revolution. It begins in your kitchen. Six volunteer households in the vicinity of Object (ie. Darlinghurst, Surry Hills, Redfern etc.) are required to form a pilot ‘6 Jars’ collective, making a commitment to circulating jars of homemade food or other household goods over the course of the exhibition. Each week the group will meet to exchange jars – everyone going home with an assortment filled by other members.

Up for negotiation as the project unfolds are decisions about the contents of jars (organic, local, wild foraged/urban gleaned, vegan?), how and where weekly meetings take place (your place or mine, and is someone cooking?), and what equipment/resources people are willing to share (blenders, ovens, food processers, backyard produce…).

Some aspects of the group’s journey will be tracked on a blog and in the gallery space. We would particularly like to include people who are willing to document their involvement via photographs and/or short written updates for the blog. However your interest in the project and commitment to trying something different and seeing it through for the three months of the exhibition are the most important criteria for selection.

To get involved, email us right now at mailbox@makeshift.com.au with a brief description of why you’d like to be part of ‘6 Jars’. … You could also come along to the artist talk at Object (Project Space) on Saturday 8 October at 11:30am.

A little more about 6 Jars

‘6 Jars’ is a system for sharing time and resources within micro neighbourhood-based groups, posed as a viable alternative food source for bottled/packaged goods. It was devised by Chay-Ya Clancy in Melbourne in 2010, and now comes to Sydney in the form of a durational social experiment for Try This at Home. The basic philosophy is that all processed foods and most household products can be made from scratch. This means you know exactly what is in it, are directly involved in the process of life by creating what you use, save money and can choose to source ethically, sustainably and locally. It is also easier to make a large quantity of something rather than make all the different things that you use. This is where the 6 jars ethic of sharing comes in: you make one thing and share it with a few houses in your local area and in return you get 5 more jars of other things. Read more about the idea and Melbourne group here


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