Bartering in the Land of Abundance

August 26, 2008 - August 28, 2008


From August 26-28, 2008, The Floating Lab Collective 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 on site made quick drawings of each item and recorded its known history. Floating Lab Collective said: “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.”