The Wherefore Store presents storefront scenarios to imagine future economies and the implications for everyday, street-level commerce. It is an experiment in collaborative storytelling about our collective and individual futures. At IDEAS CITY, Wherefore Store will present a concept store for future, dematerialized clothing practices. Visitors will be encouraged to imagine how their lives might change if and when the material intensity of the global economy declines. We believe that this is not a necessarily bleak circumstance, but rather an opportunity to imagine compelling, alternative economic visions that defy current standards of living.
Our philosophy is that economics doesn’t belong to economists, and that it is not merely a game of number crunching and predictive modeling. In this era of crisis and transformation, economics needs to be about generating new ways of living and doing business at a human scale. We want more people to think about economic futures, not through abstract theory but through lived experiences of actionable, long-term possibilities.
The Wherefore Store will host a public workshop so that you can contribute to the project:
Friday, May 3, 5:00-6:00pm
in the cafeteria of the Old School at 233 Mott Street.
(Please arrive 15 minutes early for check-in, which will be through the red doors at 233 Mott Street.)
Please also visit the storefront at the Textile Arts Center at 26 W 8th Street
Wednesday, May 1, 3pm-7pm
Thursday, May 2, 3pm-7pm
Friday, May 3, noon-5pm
And at the IDEAS CITY streetfest,
Saturday, May 4, 11 am- 6 pm.
Have questions about Wherefore Store and designing for future economies at IDEAS CITY Festival 2013?
Contact Parsons the New School for Design