MIKO ARTWORKS

Mieko Murao

ART FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

PORTFOLIO

the game of BUSINESS

2018, Digital print, Box: 3" x 3" x 1", Game board: 10" x 10"

Sweatshop usage, misleading advertisements that are borderline false, industrial waste, exploitation, bribes, and so forth. Many unethical conducts have been exposed to the public, yet it seems that unethical business practices are still very common, and under the radar, so much so that debunking them won’t hurt or stop the businesses.  Through art, I wanted to question at the fundamental level, what business and its purpose is.  Because I believe that the true principle of business is to make the world a better place. I am disheartened when I find out about big businesses, with lives of many people at stake, purposely marching forward in the path of destruction, if that path leads it to making a profit. But profit making at the price of what cost? In this game, the players are allowed to make choices, but essentially forced/coerced to make unethical choices in order to move forward. It shows how “making profits” is intertwined with “making unethical choices”. As a designer and a business person, I would like to stay the course as an ethical person, while morally align with the belief that success is a good thing. But this game paints a picture that is much more grim, rendering my belief as impossible.