Friday, October 31, 2014

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Dear Beautiful People;

I need business owners, crafters, artists, pickers, foodies, laborers, writers, healers and performers to host vendor booths! Don’t miss out on the fun and please spread the word!!

To encourage art to take an active roll in leading the shift of cultural value, and to create a critical space that is neither one place, nor another yet both places, The Heather Hart Experience presents Barter Town, a series of exchanges where participants bring their ideas, services, songs, stories, skills, 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 prior Barter Towns… Barter Town (Trading Post V: Juneteenth) in 2010, and from Barter Town (Trading Post VII: Between the Bridges) in 2011, and from last year’s Barter Town (Trading Post XI: The Magic Feathers) in 2013, 

Whether you want to provide a booth for face painting, trade dance lessons, make a film, host a sporting competition, a raffle, makeup, hair, swap some art, costume making, massage therapy, palm reading, language lessons, clothing, a nail salon, vouchers for services, promises, people’s court, or anything else, I welcome your ideas and proposals.

On Friday, November 21st The Heather Hart Experience will present Barter Town (Trading Post XVII: The Om Aha Blackbird), hosted at The Blue Lion in North Omaha by the Union for Contemporary Art with support from Bemis Center for Contemporary Art! We will be open for bartering 5pm to 8pm. Details to follow. 

I am interested in not only creating site-specific liminal space for personal reclamation but also in questioning dominant narratives and creating alternatives to them. As inspiration, the story of Chief Blackbird emerged. Reportedly the first Omaha to question white encroachment on the lands that we live on now, he pioneered trading as a way to skillfully maintain space and peace for his people.  This economy of the future is a reclamation of the space of commerce, communication and community. As usual, feel free to think about costuming and post-apocalyptic themes for your booth based on this theme. 

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. 

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 November 10th, 2014 so I can map a layout, create press with your name and request a modest honorarium for you.  
Please feel free to contact me with questions and please forward this open call.  

Heather Hart


PROPOSAL FOR BARTER TOWN (Trading Post XVII: The Om Aha Blackbird)
Name :
Email :
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Affiliated organization:
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“Booth” name:

Short Description:
Equipment needed: 
(we can provide tables and chairs, but anything more will need to be negotiated or arranged between you and Heather. We will have some access to electricity but will also need to negotiate amplified sound- please ask me first.  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).  

Saturday, October 11, 2014

**Pay attention to the descriptions to see what to bring with you**

"In conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition, Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond, artist Heather Hart creates an interactive installation where you’re invited to bring songs, ideas, goods, services, or handmade art to trade with fellow participants. No currency accepted, so bring something to trade and get ready to barter."

eflecting the rich creative diversity of Brooklyn, Crossing Brooklyn presents work by thirty-five Brooklyn-based artists or collectives. The exhibition and related programming take place in the galleries and on the grounds of the Museum, as well as off-site in the streets, waterways, and other public spaces of the borough."
Whether you want 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, Barter Town is the place to find it and swap for what you have to give! The Heather Hart Experience presents Barter Town (Trading Post XIII: The People's Economy), the newest cycle to Hart’s Trading Post at the Brooklyn Museum! Dress up post-apocalyptic... claim your space!! Bring your goods, ideas, valuables and creativity and go home with something more!!

Barter Town will have the appearance of an indoor swap meet or carnival, but remember, all “booths” run on bartering only- no currency allowed (no I-owe-yous for money, although drawing an I-owe-you for a service is great)and no cash tips!

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This Barter Town includes:

Bartertown Food Cart by Lisa Sikorski

There will be savory snacks, sweet treats and whole some goodness baked right in!

Dennis Redmoon Darkeem's Trade Blanket
Items to be traded will be placed on the trade blanket and if the trade is successful, both parties would shake hands as an agreement and say, “Good trade,” in Native American tradition. 

Organic, handmade soap and information on ingredients in skin care products in support of one's general health and well-being.

Space of Brooklyn by Pai Yu Hsuan   
What do you think of Brooklyn? From color to shape, trade for a collectible artist's poster!

Seeds & Weeds by Anne Percoco 
Watch her booth will fill up with greenery based on trades!

DJ Tygapaw's trades her mix CDs while she DJs Barter Town! 

Foreign Postcards by Jamila Mohamad Hooker
Trades your name written in Arabic script for an image of you holding it for her ongoing art project!

Atikur R Abdul trades Abstract Sketches 
He will be making abstract sketches of you for trade!

Scarlet Saturday by emily north   
Granting participants a tattoo ritual to erase regret!

An Eye for an Eye by Jackie Du  
Reclaim revenge... paint an eye on her and she will paint an eye on you.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed's Text Exchange 
Providing visitors with an opportunity to engage with texts in a variety of ways: a Text for Text, The Lending Library or an Exquisite Corpse!
Swap/Unhaul by Cat Tyc  
A silent clothing swap where clothing is injected by poets talking about relations to clothing as well as relating to the realities of where clothing comes from! Bring clothes to swap and your nonverbal skills!

Chalkboard Collective by Melissa Sarris  
The public will be invited to offer a recipe, a poem, a simple “how to”, a drawing, or ? to future passersby!

Piero Passacantando performs I Paint You. You Paint Me. 
There are two easels facing each other. He is at one, you at the other. After your painting session, you trade!

Say / See by Betsy Alwin  
The Say / See Call box is an interactive sculpture that displays digital drawings made by the public!

Nix Your Nemesis by Carrie Hawks
Together we can conquer your nemesis!

A Shoeshine for a Song by Alexa Hoyer  
She will give you a shoeshines for a song.

Nichole Hart's Pocket Friends 
Handmade collectible characters, each representing a different power, to carry with you like rosary beads!

Brooke Lynn Clippers and Cuts!
Ceasers, fades, a simple designs, come by to swap with this pro barber!

c. bay milin  advice on being human 
A portrait session with professional photographer for a 5 minute recorded advice!

Makeup Artistry by Dawn
Dawn Campbell trades makeovers with a Halloween theme!

Please Enable Cookies by Risa Puno  
Back with her homemade cookies in exchange for personally identifying information!

Carolina Restrepo and Luisa Puerta's El Muñequero Hairstyling and Makeup
Hairdos, braiding and makeup!

Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow's Leaf of Life
Bryophyllum Pinnatum, Leaf of Life plantlets from musician, Peter Tosh’s garden will be offered to those who promise to further propagate it!
Wesley Negron performs close-up and street magic for trade. 

Pamela Council's Pam’s Good Feels
Back-scratches & Seashells traded to make your day better!

Artwork by Felix Morelo!
Index cards drawings, free advice, and maybe some hand painted t-shirts!