black market is a participatory artwork for 3G phones informed by the philosophies of the occupy movement and recent financial bankruptcies in Europe. The world of this work-indevelopment presents us with a global economic collapse; players are encouraged to adapt themselves into more capable creatures, discovering their true usefulness within a new black market economy.
Cast as a black market hustler, you experience a functioning underground exchange economy, where goods and services are abundant but you do not have any money with which to purchase them. Instead, black market asks you to peddle your wares, anything from personal belongings, food, clothing, skills and services. Part game, part social experiment, black market explores modes of value exchange in an uncertain world.
pvi are in the early stages of developing black market, including designing and programming a basic prototype app, developing a sound score and undertaking experiments on city streets whereby they reject money for a day and survive by bartering with members of the public.
During Adhocracy, pvi will work without the phone app, testing the live exchange moments at the work’s core. They will experiment with new and existing services offered in black market, testing their desirability and how willing the public are to exchange a personal item for them. Adhocracy audiences, with pvi, will hit the streets of Port Adelaide to undertake these low-fi, quick and dirty barters – come prepared with a selection of items you are willing to trade!
pvi collective create participatory, politically-charged and playful artworks that incorporate elements of performance, visual art and intervention. Formed in 1998, pvi has toured extensively throughout Australia with critically acclaimed tactical media performances resist, transumer, tts: australia and internationally with their site-specific works deviator, panopticon and reform.
Kelli McCluskey is a co-founder and core artist of tactical media art group, pvi collective, and co-runs cia studios. In 2011 Kelli co-founded proximity festival, Australia’s first one-on-one performance festival. Kelli is currently on the board of NAVA, has been a Spark mentor, and a Splendid and Proximity festival provocateur. Kelli is trained in performance art and media.
Steve Bull is a co-founder and core artist of tactical media art group, pvi collective, and co-runs cia studios. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) and worked in media and live art in the UK, until relocating to Perth in 1998. He curated This is the Time, This is the Record of the Time, a national symposium on hybrid performance in 2008 and co-curated the Now Right Now live art festival at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2010. Steve has been an Electrofringe Festival state representative, a Spark youth arts mentor and a Jump mentor.
WITH LOCAL COLLABORATORS
Lukus Robbins, Michele Fairbairn.
ONGOING PROJECT COLLABORATORS
Chris McCormick, Chris Williams, Jason Sweeney, Kate Neylon, Michael Chappell.