Barter Boat by RADAR Art
On display: Feb. 23-March 5
Barter Boat, created by the artist collective RADAR Art, is an interactive art project powered by the idea of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” During “trading hours,” the creators of Barter Boat operate the installation by making trades with the public, exploring the transformation of “one man’s trash” into curated art treasures. Barter Boat creates uniquely memorable experiences by helping visitors shape a new relationship to waste and explore different ideas of value without money. Their aim is to capitalize on the rich experience of everyday life as a human.
Barter Boat has “floated” from Minneapolis to Indianapolis to Baltimore and will soon dock in Scottsdale. Those who bring items to trade are given an eco-friendly bag — curated with small possessions collected in the previous city — in return. Trades from Canal Convergence will be packaged and exchanged at the boat’s next stop in Breckenridge, Colorado.
Clean out your junk drawers or dust off your interpretive dance skills. Small objects like baseball cards, keychains or toys as well as non-tangible performances can be used as trading items!