Joel Tauber is an assistant professor of art at Wake Forest University, where he is developing their video art program.  His work has been shown in solo art exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad, and his films have screened at major festivals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Joel believes that art can change the world. His new work explores the seemingly simple and yet sometimes thorny notion of sharing, with the hopes of raising awareness and sparking conversations about its value and meaning in our Capitalist society.
The Sharing Project begins with Joel teaching his young son Zeke to share. He films Zeke at daycare learning with his classmates to share communal toys. But the more Joel observes and investigates sharing, even with the help of experts from every applicable field imaginable, the more questions he has. In the process The Sharing Project forces each of us to re-think our own preconceptions about sharing. Eventually Joel and his son Zeke share an adventure to search out answers in Happyville, a forgotten early 20th century Socialist Jewish commune in South Carolina. Joel says the Socialist Jewish commune Happyville was founded in 1905 but was abandoned just three years later.
David Ford spoke with artist, filmmaker, and Wake Forest University assistant professor of art, Joel Tauber. This weekend is the official launch of his new work The Sharing Project. The Sharing Project will eventually become a multi-channel sculptural video installation (slated to premiere in Spring 2015) as well as a feature film that'll premiere soon afterwards. 

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