Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bartering in the Land of Abundance

Transformer and The Floating Lab Collective present an interactive, three-day event
August 28 – 30, 2008

Creating a temporary bartering locale, open to the public for 3 days, The Floating Lab Collective has set up a series of objects within Transformer's project space, encouraging visitors to take an object in exchange for an object they leave behind. To document and archive the exchanges, a Floating Lab Collective artist will be on site to make a quick drawing of each item as well as record its known history. These sketches will be displayed in the space as a growing record of material culture through the duration of the project.

About the project, The Floating Lab Collective states, "This project uses 'bartering' to create community exchange. The purpose of bartering in this instance is to subvert both its semantic value and the traditional context of the art object as mercantile in nature. This project places the object in a social interstice, basically removed from the law of profit by emphasizing the sociability of the object in the context of bartering."

BARTERING HOURS for Bartering in the Land of Abundance are Thursday - Saturday, 1-7pm.
Transformer | 1404 P St NW | Washington | DC | 20005

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