Art Barter: Building A Platform Of Exchange Between Artists And The Public
Through anonymous exchange, an intimate relationship becomes built between stranger and artist.
With the advent of exchange culture on the rise since the recession, PSFK has reported on freecycle entities where people have swapped skills, unwanted clothes and even flats, reverting to yesteryear when currency was measured on good will.
In 2009, Art Barter was born as a reference to this particular thinking but also spearheaded by festivals like Burning Man and the RCA’s secret postcard auction where value was placed according to subjective thinking.
Since it’s inception, Art Barter have launched exhibitions in both London and Berlin but this weekend will be making their first appearance in New York’s Lower East Side. Over the course of the 4 day event, acclaimed artists such as Terence Koh, Tim Barber and Poppy De Villeneuve will display one art-work piece recognizable by only one number beside it. Through anonymous exchange, an intimate relationship becomes built between stranger and artist; viewers apply their own value to it by filling out a barter form with the artist in turn deciding which offer to accept in order to make the exchange. Past exchanges have included a gallop on a white horse, 3 months of psychotherapy and website design; Tracy Emin even swapped her artwork for 30 hours of French tuition.