Market Sells Internet Artifacts In Real Life

Market Sells Internet Artifacts In Real Life
Arts & Culture

A market in London brings artifacts from the Internet into the real world

Laura Yan
  • 31 may 2016

The Internet Yami-ichi (which means “black market” in Japanese) brings internet artifacts such as selfie caps and Edward Snowdomes to life.

Twenty local and international artists displayed and sold wares at the market. Nimrod Vardi (of arebyte) and Tine Scharaffenberg curated the event. According to arebyte, “both flea markets and the Internet are fanatical and chaotic mixes of the amazing and useless. The Internet Yami-Ichi is a celebration, where together we experience the afterglow, off line, as the ‘buzz’ of the Internet wears off.”

Visitors could get their digital fortunes told, buy a selfie cap, or a CD of field recordings from travels around the Internet. Libby Heaney gave Tarot readings based on the customer’s age, gender and relationship status, delivering prophesies in the form of phrases cut from dating websites, such as Sheinji Toya sold CD-ROMS that contained a dying website. Tadeo Sendon offered Browsing Noise, a field recording of the soundscape of the Internet. At Yinan Song’s booth, customers could buy blurred prints of images of strangers using public Wi-Fi.

Kensuke Sembo, founder of the Internet Yami-ichi, got the idea for the “black market” when Apple rejected an app he developed because it was too simple. He imagined a way to get out of the digital marketplace, and exchange ideas in the real world instead. Sembo told The Guardian: “Once upon a time, the internet was supposed to be a place for liberty, now there are privacy issues, flame wars and social media stress. We thought we should turn off, log out and drop in on the real world to enjoy our internet liberties.”

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