Two men, a young and an older one, approached the pig and tried to understand how to open it. A Pigzine reporter asked if they had the intention to open the pig. They said they didn’t understand how it worked and what the concept was. The reporter said they had to find an agreement with someone.
A woman came asking for more information. The Pigzine reporter asked what she would like to spend the money on. “I would give to the UNICEF” She went on to talk in length about children in Africa who don’t have enough to eat.
The reporter asked the two men what they would spend it on. “The environment” said the older man. “To deal with all the waste we produce”
“I would spend it on a human cause, not something material” said the younger one.
They couldn’t find an agreement with the woman and decided to leave.
Sarah, Pigzine Reporter, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 30/09/2018
“Celui-là (thepig) il me fait bien rire parce que jusqu’à ce qu’on y arrive, à se mettre d’accord…Donner c’est facile, mais c’est après que c’est compliqué!”
“This one (thepig) makes me laugh because until we get there, to an agreement … Giving is easy, but afterwards it’s complicated!”
Passant, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 27/09/2018
“Ce qui serait cool, ce serait de se rencontrer autour du Pig. Autour d’une grosse soirée ce serait cool, samedi soir par exemple quand les bars sont pleins, chacun propose un projet personnel qui peut devenir commun. Là par exemple on était avec deux femmes, et on a réfléchi à comment on pouvait collaborer sur l’utilisation de l’argent. Il faut qu’il y ait un objectif communautaire, une sorte de débat qui s’organise autour du cochon, avec tous ceux qui ont mis des pièces. Chacun propose et on vote, on fait un plan. Mais est-ce qu’on fait un vote? C’est chiant les votes. Un applaudimètre? Il faut un juge, et ça c’est chiant. Moi si c’est pour un téléphone par exemple ça me fait chier, sauf si le gars a besoin d’un téléphone pour avoir un job…”
“What would be cool would be to meet around the Pig. A big party would be cool, Saturday night for example when the bars are full, everyone suggests a personal project that can become common. At the pig, for example, we were with two women, and we thought about how we could collaborate on the use of money. There must be a community goal, a kind of debate about the pig, with all those who put coins. Everyone suggests something and we vote, we make a plan. But should we make a vote? Voting is boring. An applaudimeter? You need a judge, but that’s boring too. In my mind if it’s for a phone for example it pisses me off, unless the guy needs a phone to get a job …”
Marion et Vincent, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 27/09/2018
“Ca pose la question de notre relation à l’argent dans une société qui est basée sur l’argent, et où sans argent on ne peut rien acheter. Il y a de l’argent qui est à disposition ici, et les gens qui en ont besoin ne vont peut-être pas comprendre qu’ils ont le droit de le prendre. Ce que ça me donne envie de faire, c’est de l’ouvrir et de le donner à des gens qui en ont besoin. Je reviendrai ce weekend ! “
“This raises the question of our relationship with money in a society that is based on money, and where without money you cannot buy anything. There is money available here, and the people who need it may not understand that they have the right to take it. What it makes me want to do is open it and give it to people who need it. I will be back this weekend!”
Honza, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 27/09/2018
“Le but commun, for the Pigs : Nous aimerions que nos gouvernants prennent exemple sur la transparence et la mise en lumière de cette chair qui nous est tendre, afin qu’il soit donné à tous de manger sainement, le cochon nous rappelle que “rien ne se jette”. La volonté du bien n’est-il pas bon ? “
“Our common goal, for the “Pigs” (Pigs as a metaphor for people in the government): We would like our rulers to take the example of the transparency and highlighting of this flesh (the pig) that is tender to us, so that everyone can eat healthy. The pig reminds us that “nothing gets wasted”. Is the will of the good not good?”
Star, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 26/09/2018
“C’est une belle initiative. La question principale c’est de savoir s’il y a un suivi de ce qui est fait avec l’argent pris dans la cagnotte, si les gens sont vraiment de bonne foi. C’est la seule interrogation que j’ai. Si c’est quelqu’un qui vient pour se payer un café encore ça va, c’est 2 euros mais si quelqu’un vient pour prendre 50 euros pour payer un sandwich et une douche à un SDF est-ce que c’est vrai ? Je ne sais pas. Alors est-ce qu’il faut faire confiance aux gens? Je pense que oui mais bon, il y a tellement de gens bizarres. ”
“It’s a nice initiative. The main question is whether there is a follow-up of what is done with the money taken from the pot, if people are really acting in good faith. This is the only question I have. If someone comes to buy a coffee, it’s ok, it’s just 2 euros but if someone comes to take 50 euros to pay a sandwich and a shower to a homeless person, is this true? I do not know. So do we have to trust people? I think so, but hey, there are so many weird people.”
Markou, Travellings Festival, Marseille, France. 26/09/2018
“I love the idea of THE PIG although PIG was a taboo word in hull during the fishing years we had to say trotter!!!!!!! but the freedom festival proved the PIG right apparently according to the local paper ‘drug users’ was helping themselves to pIGs contents now needy or not as long as this money wasnt being shot into a vein maybe the people who helped themselves needed money for food, a drink the everyday things we all need PIG served his purpose and did his job THANK YOU lets not paint Hull bad with this incident the FREEDOM FESTIVAL is a fabulous time just my thoughts thanks”
Granny Julie , Freedom Festival, Hull, 05/09/2018
BBC Radio Humberside interview with the creator of Pig
“Who am I to decide and who am I NOT to decide? – Then we get collective discussion, when you get collective discussion, the problem I have is we go for some sort of a ‘middleground’. And in a way I would quite like the money to go for something a bit ‘out there'”
Freedom Festival, Hull, UK – 02/09/2018
“I find donating to Pig incredibly liberating. The message is clear: you can donate to it, it is a community fund, And then when you decide (I guess it makes you wander who the ‘you’ is) you can spend it. It’s so straight forward… surprisingly so and it surprises me that anything can be that simple.”
Pigzine: “How do you feel about how easy it is to open?”
“I’ve wondered that. I’ve seen a little battle inside myself. So I’m going ‘okay so you can take the money.. but who would dare to? Would I be a person who would dare to?’ and then I started wondering about all the other people who wouldn’t dare to.
And then I starting wondering about permission and how I give myself very little permission…. and when I DO give myself permission to do something new: I feel liberated.
All of these things are going through me in the very clear image of this Pig.”