Reflections from TALKOS : red or green

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TALKOS : red or green was an installation and performance piece loaded with props.

Paper sculptural tacos and their contents served as jumping off points for conversation and discussion, an “a la carte for conversation”. I offered a “free sample” – a quote on a strip of red or green paper, and asked the recipient to please read it aloud. This initiated a conversation about some aspect of economics. It may have been historical, present day, or how economics may shape into the future. I feel that we are in the middle of an industrial revolution that is going to shape society, politics, and economics for generations to come.

I have a reserved optimism and sought to share that with participants in TALKOS. I also wanted to hear what they think may be happening in this context.

It was fun to meet people who understood and to some degree or another were able to add to the conversation. We generally felt a sense of hope. Some began somewhat pessimistic about the future but were able to see that maybe, just maybe things could manifest in unexpected and positive ways. One thing did surprise me, There are people out there that are so invested in their pessimism that they  reacted to my actual data as though I was a crack pot. They actually seemed to get mad at me, walked away in some funk of disgust or  discomfort at having encountered a kind of lunatic . But what if I am right? What if work does become obsolete?