Installation

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

The installation features 15 short films plus 21 interviews. The foregrounded video, the one presented on the largest screen, tells the story of Happyville, as the camera slowly contemplates the site where the 50 Socialist Jews lived. Zeke and Joel wonder aloud if some of the mysteries of sharing are buried in the traces of the forgotten commune. Determined to uncover them and “fix”, metaphysically and poetically, whatever caused this utopian community to disintegrate, Zeke and Joel get to work with Zeke’s special tools: probing and digging, then “fixing” an ancient tractor as well as a decaying building.

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

The other 14 short films operate as a kind of dialogue between Zeke and Joel. On 7 screens, the camera contemplates Zeke’s toys and Joel’s gear, as Joel talks about the complexities of sharing in a personal and interdisciplinary way. 7 other screens focus on Zeke and Joel grappling with the challenges of sharing.

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

Joel Tauber, The Sharing Project, Installation at the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach

Tablet(s) feature 21 experts in different fields offering their thoughts.

Joel Tauber, 21 interviews: Adrian Bardon, Associate professor of philosophy, Wake Forest University; Alex Rosenberg, R. Taylor Cole professor of philosophy, Duke University; Brenda Herman, Principal, Whitaker Elementary School; Christian Miller, Professor of philosophy, Wake Forest University; Colleen Lerner, Director and teacher, Temple Emanuel Preschool; Daisy Rodriguez, Director of childhood hunger programs, Second Harvest Food Bank Of Northwest North Carolina; David Coates, Worrell Chair in Anglo-American studies, Wake Forest University; David Graeber, Professor of anthropology, The London School of Economics; Derwin L. Montgomery, Executive director, Bethesda Center For The Homeless; Gene R. Nichol, Director of the Center of Poverty, Work & Opportunity, University of North Carolina School of Law; Geoffrey Sayre McCord, Morehead-Cain alumni distinguished professor of philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Hayes McNeill, Former Chair, Forsyth County Democratic Party; James Otteson, Executive director, BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism, Wake Forest University School of Business; Jeffrey Faullin, Principal, Brunson Elementary School; Jennifer Knudson, Teacher (1 and 2 year olds), Temple Emanuel Preschool; Jessica Sommerville, Principal investigator, The Early Childhood Cognition Lab, University of Washington; Joseph Milner, Professor of education, Wake Forest University; Lynn Pritchard, Teacher (1 and 2 year olds), Temple Emanuel Preschool; Marcia Savin, Happyville descendent; Michele Gillespie, Dean of the College and Presidential endowed professor of southern history, Wake Forest University; Win-chiat Lee, Professor of philosophy, Wake Forest University

Audiences explore the videos interactively. They are invited to share their toys and help arrange them in the gallery / museum. Then, at the end of the show, they are invited to take the toys and give them away to whomever they think will enjoy them.

The installation has been presented at the Adamski Gallery, Berlin (April 2 – May 6, 2015) and the University Art Museum, Cal State Long Beach (June 13 – July 19, 2015).