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Midtown Market

Midtown Market, as a concentrated forum for commerce, constently creates, uses, and exchanges energy in both the sense of the people who are there but also as a space in itself. Upon walking through the door I immedietly got a sense of motion and energy. The energy in the market was very ranged and depended upon how you percieved it. Energy could be found in the very basic forms, such as the light bulbs abouve casting down light into the space and the ovens and cookers that were producing heat. The people themselves, be them shoppers or workers, are in essence a vessel of energy. But one can also create energy by interacting with another person. A simple hello can change the mood and emotion of a person you pass by and alter their current energy level. Another simple form of energy were the foods being sold there, being nothing but different forms of proteins and sugars that a person could consume to take in energy. Energy was also being exchanged with currency, but to understand that you have to look past the simple peices of monetary paper. You have to understand where that money will go, and how it will provide food and shelter to the store clerk's family. But also there is an energy in the origin of the money, knowing that the consumer had to work at their job and expend energy in order to have the money to buy things at the market. This whole process of buying/selling something is a incredible exchange of energy, from the product itself to the energy put into earning the money to the things that the money will provide in the future. The last sense of energy were in the cultural significance of the products being sold. You can begin to imagine the amount of energy it took to pass down the practice of making the products, be it a sculpture or a piece of baked fish, from one generation to the next. This transfer of knowledge from the elders down to their young is an incredible act of passing energy not only across tiem but also space, as the knowledge is brought along and spread as a generation moves between places. So when you buy something from a vender, you are not just buying a single object, but you are buying all of the knowledge and effort put into creating that object that has been passed down through the years. Midtown Market is not simply a space of commerce, but a means of exchanging thoughts, emotions, and knowledge.

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