My Barter Town project is back by popular demand as part of this year’s DUMBO Arts Festival 2012, “a feast for the senses that attracts 200,000 visitors over 3 days with the participation of over 500 artists from a variety of disciplines, 100 studios, 50 galleries and stages and 100 programming partners.” And I am reaching out to you in hopes that you would be interested in participating in my project by running a “vendor booth”.
To encourage art to take an active roll in leading the shift of cultural val
ue, and to create a critical space that is neither one place, or another yet both places, I’ve presented Trading Post, a series of exchanges. At the Trading Posts participants bring their ideas, services, songs, stories, unwanted goods, handmade art, appliances, anything they think may hold value and haggle for something that they want. The only rule is that no currency may be exchanged, i.e. everything is for barter. Here are some photos from the Barter Town (Trading Post V: Juneteenth) in 2010, http://goo.gl/8HSiz
and from Barter Town (Trading Post VII: Between the Bridges) in 2011, http://goo.gl/w5ScH
Whether you want to provide a booth for face painting, performance, a film, sporting competition, a raffle, some art, costume making, massage therapy, palm reading, lessons, clothing, a nail salon, vouchers for services, promises, people’s court, or anything else, I welcome your ideas and proposals. The Heather Hart Experience presents, Barter Town (Trading Post X: Tomorrow-Morrow Land), is the newest cycle to my Trading Posts and will be part of the Festival 12pm – 6pm on Saturday, September 29th. As inspiration, you may want to think of what "tomorrowmorrow land" may mean to you as we approach December of 2012. :) Tables and chairs will be provided for your booth if you wish, but I encourage creativity and variety if you want to bring your own structure. (Please be aware, that we will be in an lot with no shade and only a few canopies are available). I may have a small van for transporting work Saturday to and from the site, which is scheduled to take place in a lot on the corner of Jay St and York St, right behind the F train exit (massive foot traffic), so please request and arrange help if you need it.
Barter Town will have the appearance of a street fair or block party, but remember, all “booths” would run on bartering only- no currency allowed (no I-owe-yous for money, although drawing an I-owe-you for service is encouraged). I hope you will consider creating a booth. Below is the proposal info that I need to have you complete and return to me by AUGUST 8th, 2012 so I can map a layout and request a modest honorarium for you.
Please feel free to contact me with questions and please forward this open call.
347-439-8553 http://www.heather-hart.com/ http://bartertowns.com/ http://dumboartsfestival.com/
PROPOSAL FOR BARTERTOWN (Trading Post X: Tomorrow-Morrow Land)
(we can provide tables and chairs, but anything more will need to be negotiated or arranged between you and Heather. We will have minimal access to electricity and will not likely be allowed amplified sound. Please include info about equipment/setup/space requirements that you will need. We will provide as much as I can, but you may need to bring some stuff of your own).
By submitting this proposal you state that you will be available September 29, 2012 from 12 - 6pm pending acceptance and any necessary updates. You will be notified of acceptance by August 12th, 2012.