|Catalogue. Worthless (Invaluable): the concept of value in contemporary art. Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana: M'Ars, 2000, pp. 54-55.|
The Materialization of Life into alternative economies
A curated project with different people, this time from the ar world, sowing differnt notions of economy and distribution: Paula Hays/Wid Friends for collaborative economy, Joseph Grigely for informaiton economy, On Kawara for gift economy, Grodon, Matta-Clark for business economy, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles for maintenance economy. My reasons were to offer another reading of Lippard's idea of conceptual art as dematerialization of the art object and, instead, suggest that perhaps, for some, it was actually not so much about the art object but about life, about a materialization of life.
1996. Printed Matter Bookstore, NY. Paula gave away seed packets; I gave away recipes from the restaurant Food, courtesy of Gordon's collaborator Carrol Goodden; and Mierle gave away copies of her Maintenance Manifesto from 1969. No archive. Exhibition can be repeated.
People coming into agnes b. could trade the shirt off their backs for any shirt in the store. Most who I approached thought I was a Nuisance and looked to the staff for assistance; when it became clear that I was in earnest, they smiled and quickly found a shirt. Once the shirt was chosen, the participant and I signed a new label printed with the project's title. Then, I removed the store's label and price tag, and sewed the store's label and price tag onto the old shirt and then hung it onto the store's racks, as a new agnes b. shirt for sale. While this was going on, participants used the video camera to document the exchange. By the end, half of the people coming in were there by word of mouth. the number of shirts given was determined by how long it took me to do the seam-ripping and sewing.
Archive begun 1995. agnes b. pour hommes, New York City, for three days. The store's semstress and twenty customers participated. Twenty shirst worth $2,934.00 given. Project can be repeated.