While forced digital mediation of the body is a political tragedy, the coding of digital space against global capitalist platforms should be taken very seriously. The digital infrastructure for radical permanence should be a tool to break the process of individualization of people, to make them gather and come together in the physical space, it should aim to organize political common encounters as opposed to tear us apart into the depoliticized isolations of individual time.
—Marco Baravalle, 2020
When you barter with someone, especially a creative person, the labor is known. When you talk to that person about the thing they have made, they can even show you the shop where it’s made and where they sourced the materials. So barter is a way to think about the economy in a very direct manner. You are meeting the person whose labor is embodied in the object you’re trading.
—Caroline Woolard, 2010