Why was my coffee free?

Acts of Kindness is an exploration, analysis, and sometimes critique of kindness. It is also an exercise of burden-sharing within an inherently oppressive capitalist market system. The artist will pay off small debts, pre-pay for goods (like the coffee you just got), and provide free food and water at select locations. Other forms of burden-reduction and sharing will be explored.

Kindness is a subversive act. It is frequently illogical, inefficient, and unplanned. When kindness is paired with materiality - a pay-it-forward coffee chain, or debt payment - does the application of kindness become problematic? In this form of scarcity-kindness, should it be rationed? Who does, and does not deserve kindness?

Phil Garber, artist

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