BARTERLINES

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<<BARTERLINES>> (n)

a pop-up exhibition and platform for artists and the public to directly exchange goods and services via a barter-based system (non-monetary transaction).

 

 

<<BARTER>> (v)

to exchange (goods or services) for other goods or services without using money

<<BORDERLINE>> (adj)

assuming an indeterminate position between two conditions or qualities; on the edge of one category and verging on another

<<BARTERLINES>> (n)

a pop-up exhibition and platform for artists and the public to directly exchange goods and services via a barter-based system (non-monetary transaction).

barterlines exhibition aims to break down differences between buyer (the general public) and seller (the artists) while developing the artists role as a part of a local community.   barter bids for artworks are submitted digitally through an online platform.   bids can take many possible forms: trades of services, goods, time and skills: 1 chosen art work for a tattoo from a tattoo parlor, or 6 months of weekly acupuncture, or an exhibition at a gallery, or an offer of studio assistance, or one free meal a week for a year, or two dentist visits, etc.

barterlines first occured in Seoul, South Korea, February 2013

 A re-creation of Lize Mogel's "THE BUSINESS OF ART" vs "NON-PROFIT ART PRACTICE"

A re-creation of Lize Mogel's "THE BUSINESS OF ART" vs "NON-PROFIT ART PRACTICE"

 
 
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Why BARTERLINES?

 

- to present an opportunity for the local community to interact with artist networks

- to develop stronger cohesion between different sectors of the public and the art community

- to develop a more accessible art market in which everyone has something to offer.

- to develop a more accessible art market in which everyone has something to give.

- to enable more direct transaction between artists and buyers, 

- to propose a democratization of the art market, outside of a monetary system.

 

 live bartering feed

live bartering feed

Barterlines aims to create a fissure in the bubble of the formal art market through assisting a parallel form of exchange. Bartering is the main concept; the bartering of goods, skills, time, spaces and opportunities for art.  Barterlines is derived from the word, "borderlines."  which  referances both structures of hierarchy within the art market, the invisible economic lines the divide art production and commodity, in addition to the sometimes muddy consideration of an artworks worth.  In this way an artwork is less about its economic value within a consumer-capitalist society and more about its creative value to the buyer.