The barter games: gaming the economic meltdown

A workshop by pvi collective (Australia)

As part of a creative development exchange between pvi collective, Drama Box and Teater Ekamatra

blackmarket, the weaponry service.
Photo by James Brown.

17 Nov 2018

10am – 4pm


A one-day workshop tailored for art practitioners who are invited to delve into the realm of pvi collectives' mixed reality artwork, blackmarket. Part game-part social experiment, participants are invited to explore their own survival instincts and creatively respond to the underlying idea of the end of growth from a Singaporean perspective.

Artists will be split into teams and encouraged to critique their art-based and personal skills then re-imagine them as "commodities" to trade and barter with. Teams will then hit the streets responding to live challenges set via the barter games Facebook page. Groups complete each task, post up their results with images or video as proof of completion and accrue points. The first team to make it back to base with the most points will be crowned the barter games champions.

This workshop asks artists to consider creative approaches to navigating contentious political subject matter through the lens of participatory play and site-responsive actions.

Kelli and Steve will be in Singapore this November on a creative development exchange with members of Drama Box and Teater Ekamatra exploring the thematic of survival strategies post a global economic collapse.

Additionally, they are doing a public sharing on their working process, interest in game theory and key driving forces behind pvi collective's performance, video and intervention art practice.

About blackmarket

blackmarket is a participatory site-specific work that takes place on the streets of the city at night. In the fictional world of pvi’s urban role-playing game, the global financial crisis has arrived. Players are forced to fight for survival within a black market economy. Part roaming artwork, part real-life video game, blackmarket invites players into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading.

About pvi collective

Founded in 1998 and based in Perth, Western Australia, pvi collective is a tactical media art group who create agitational, participatory artworks intent on the creative disruption of everyday life. They use gameplay alongside emerging, familiar and DIY technology to explore the social dynamics of the cities they live in. Underpinning their work is a goal of saving the world through creative play and revolutionary fun. They believe in the power of art as a tool for generating systemic change and are committed to examining and challenging the way that power and privilege impacts on modern society through their art making.

pvi collective ltd is supported by the western Australian government through the department of local government, sport and cultural industries and the Australian government through the Australia council, its arts funding and advisory body. pvi is supported by the western Australian capacity building program through the sidney myer fund, minderoo foundation and the spinifex trust.

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pvi Drama Box Ekamatra

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