Part of the 'Radical Nature: Art and Architecture for a Changing Planet 1969-2009' exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery, Barterama is a one-day experimental forum for the development of alternative means of distribution, exchange and production of knowledge, where artists, designers, curators, writers, and members of the public are invited to swap books, magazines, clothing, etc. -- anything printed except money.
As a response to the current economic and ecological crises, Barterama draws its inspiration from such investigations in poetic economy as the So-Called Utopia of the Centre Beaubourg: An interpretation by Luca Frei (who will be conducting a marathon reading of the book at Barterama), Robert Filliou's and George Brecht's La Cédille qui Sourit, Martha Rosler's Garage Sale and Cildo Meireles' Disappearing Element/Disappeared Element (Imminent Past).
While a symptom of the rise of swapping networks on the web, Barterama privileges face-to-face human interaction in the process of exchange: discussions, readings, and performances are as much a part of the event as the trade of material goods.
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