Saturday, July 14th, 3-5pm & Saturday, August 18th, 3-5pm
Workshop Description: From myths of haggling savages to accounts of societies run on mutual aid, "barter" occupies a grey area between gift giving and market transactions. In this workshop, participants will experience the theory and practice of barter. Participants will (1) learn about contemporary and historic barter communities, (2) connect with potential barter partners and (3) discuss the problems and possibilities of barter: building trust, negotiating value, communicating clearly, and getting projects done without money.
Workshop Facilitator: Caroline Woolard is a co-founder of OurGoods.org and TradeSchool.coop, two barter networks for cultural production. She is currently a Fellow at Eyebeam.
OurGoods.org is a barter network that connects artists, designers, and activists to trade skills, spaces, and objects. OurGoods exists so that creative people can help each other produce independent projects. Co-founded by Carl Tashian, Louise Ma, Rich Watts, Jen Abrams, and Caroline Woolard in 2009, OurGoods is an ongoing project that influences Caroline's work as a Fellow at Eyebeam.
As part of X-Lab programming, Eyebeam has invited OurGoods.org to host one of their live goods-and-ideas exchanges in the X-Lab on Saturday, January 22, 3-5 p.m.
OurGoods.org is a barter network for the creative community. We connect artists, designers, and craftspeople who barter skills, spaces, and objects to get independent projects done. Join us on January 22 from 3–5PM for an Idea Party & Live Barter Matchmaking event to brainstorm about your project, organize your project NEEDS and HAVES, and connect with potential barter matches.
3pm: Idea Party (led by Erin Marie Sickler)
Up to 10 participants (per group) will present ideas to one another in the following fashion: “This is what I want to do:_________; here is my obstacle:_________.”