I hope you enjoy reading this piece I wrote for The Sharing Project, called “We Share More When We Feel Interconnected.” It explores some of the psychological forces at play in relationship to sharing and altruism. It’s in the “healthy living” section of The Huffington Post.
I’m really looking forward to this upcoming event at the Adamski Gallery in Berlin.
Details and info below:
We would like to invite you for a talk with Joel Tauber and Astrid Mania at the gallery on Wednesday November 19th at 7:30 pm.
Joel will present a sneak peek of his recent works and present a preview of The Sharing Project, his latest installation that is going to be finished and presented in the gallery in Berlin in spring 2015 before traveling to LA.
The Sharing Project poses questions about whether we share enough in our capitalist world. It focuses on the seemingly simple task of Tauber teaching his young son Zeke to share. As Zeke and Joel struggle to understand what sharing means and how much they should share, experts in philosophy, evolutionary biology, psychology, history, anthropology, economics, politics, and education offer their thoughts, creating more complexity and questions. In pursuit of answers, Tauber turns to the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville (1905-1908) in South Carolina, hoping that some of the mysteries of sharing are buried in the traces of the utopian community.
Tauber’s practice has led him through a series of rigorous personal investigations about mysticism, ethics, and the environment. These research projects are presented as installations and films that are designed to raise questions and offer cultural critiques in non-didactic ways. Tauber spent two years trying to achieve enlightenment outside the confines of organized religion by inserting himself into holes in the ground. He spent another two years researching flight as a metaphysical tool and applying that research to his own pursuit of flight, flying 150 feet into the air for an hour and a half in a bagpipe-and-balloon-powered flying machine that he had constructed. He spent the next couple of years exploring the ocean while scuba diving and translating his movements into music before he spent the following five years protecting and celebrating a forlorn and lonely sycamore tree that was stuck in a giant parking lot in Pasadena. His last project – Pumping – is a meditation on the birth of Los Angeles and how the Southern Pacific Railroad commandeered the City and exploited the oil and water resources in the region.
Joel Tauber was born in Boston in 1972. He studied at Yale University and ArtCenter College of Design. He currently lives and works in North Carolina.
Astrid Mania is an art critic based in Berlin.
Adamski / Berlin, Strausberger Platz 3 / 10243 Berlin
If you haven’t heard my conversation with David Ford about The Sharing Project yet, please check it out on Friday August 1st at 1 pm or Sunday August 3rd at 4 pm on WFDD radio (part of the NPR network, 88.5 FM in the Piedmont region of North Carolina).
You can also hear it on the WFDD website.
Hey! The biggest protest in North Carolina history – and the biggest in the South since 1965 – is happening on February 8!!!
Despite the fact that North Carolina has one of the largest unemployment rates in the country, we’ve decided to cut unemployment benefits and reduce the number of weeks of eligibility. We’ve declined expanded federal funds for unemployment benefits and for Medicaid, passed laws that make it more difficult for many people to vote, and enacted legislation that is effectively re-segregating our public schools.
Is this what sharing looks like these days? Is this what we want to teach our kids?
I will be in Raleigh – with a movie camera – and participating in the Moral March.
I hope to see y’all there!!!
As Zeke and I have been struggling to understand what sharing means and how much we should share, I’ve been talking about the meaning of sharing with experts in philosophy, evolutionary biology, history, psychology, anthropology, economics, and education.
I want to express my gratitude to all of the fascinating people I’ve interviewed so far: David Graeber, professor of anthropology, London School of Economics; David Coates, Worrell Professor of Economics, Wake Forest University; James R. Otteson, Executive Director, BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism; Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole Professor of Philosophy, Duke University; Jessica Somerville, Associate Professor of Psychology and the Associate Director for the Foundations for Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Competence at the Center for Child and Family Well-Being, University of Washington; Christian Miller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University; Win-chiat Lee, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University; Adrian Bardon, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University; Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, UNC Chapel Hill; Hayes McNeill, activist and historian in Winston-Salem, former Forsyth Democratic party chair; Marcia Savin, descendent of Happyville settlers and author; Charles Francis Wilson, Winston-Salem activist, former minister, former head of the Winston-Salem homeless council; Anne Wilson, Winston-Salem activist; Jeffrey Faullin, Principal of Brunson Elementary School, Winston-Salem, NC (where Zeke may go to school); Brenda Herman, Principal of Whitaker Elementary School, Winston-Salem, NC (where Zeke may go to school); Colleen Lerner, Principal of Temple Emanuel Preschool, Winston-Salem, NC and one of Zeke’s teachers; Jenni Knudson, Teacher, Temple Emanuel Preschool, Winston-Salem, NC (she taught Zeke); Lynn Pritchard, Teacher, Temple Emanuel Preschool, Winston-Salem, NC (she taught Zeke); Janna, mother of one of Zeke’s friends – Zev (not listing last names due to their request); and Carrie, mother of one of Zeke’s friends – Hana (not listing last names due to their request).
Thank you Haley for writing this story about The Sharing Project. It’s been so exciting to learn about the forgotten Socialist Jewish commune of Happyville in South Carolina. And it’s been so inspiring to explore the site with Zeke, as we hope to find some of the mysteries of sharing buried in the traces of the utopian community.
A 19-minute radio story about The Sharing Project aired on November 29 and December 1, 2013 on WFDD as part of a larger 60 minute story, called “The Art of Sharing, A Dozen Dresses, Photography of Fred Stein, Edward Steichen and More.”
You can listen to my conversation with David Ford here:
You can hear the full 60 minute WFDD broadcast and read the article by David Ford, Eddie Garcia, and Bethany Chafin here.
A four minute radio story about The Sharing Project aired yesterday on WFDD.
You can listen to my conversation with David Ford here: