Market Sells Internet Artifacts In Real Life
A market in London brings artifacts from the Internet into the real world
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 Match.com. 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.