Ada Popowicz

Basketology

In The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction (1986), author Ursula K. Le Guin suggests that the first defining cultural device of humanity wasn't a spear but a basket. The spear retained its primary reputation due to the rhetoric of storytelling—it is easier to tell a story of a singular hero killing a mammoth than a collective effort of fruit-picking. Today, the spear manifests itself through colonial, binary and patriarchal narratives.

Basketology is a philosophy for alternative storytelling. Through an online podcast platform featuring interviews with a variety of basket-minded people the project explores how the physical attributes and cultural associations of a basket can be used as a metaphorical guide for looking at our socio-political landscape and defining ourselves within it.