I want to set up a project where I trace the provenance of a retail item – a Kinder Egg say – back from it’s point of sale, back to the distribution centre (where is the distribution centre? who drove it to the shop? what hours do they work and for how much pay? how did they come to do the job? who works at the distribution centre? what hours and how much pay? what is the culture like? what is the place itself like? how do they feel towards the products?) then back further, following the item back to it’s place of manufacture – where is the place of manufacture? how does it get from the place of manufacture to the distribution centre? who transports it? what hours do they work and for what pay? How did they come to do the job? how many people are involved in the manufacturing process? How does the manufacturing process work? how do the raw materials coming into the factory get turned into the finished product? what hours do they work and for how much pay? What is the culture like? how do they feel towards the process? How much does it cost to manufacture the item? Then further back, tracing the journey the raw materials took to get to the place of manufacture – who brought them and how? how many hours does that person work and how much do they get paid? Where did the materials come from? What/who was involved in their extraction/processing/gathering/cultivation? How much do those people get paid? How much are the raw materials worth at this stage? And on until we get to the bare earth, untouched by the hand of man.
The Provenance Project