Barter Boat is a carnival-inspired pop-up trading post captained by a trio of sailswomen who travel from city to city trading with the citizenry. Focused on moments of generosity, Barter Boat engages audiences through the act of barter, oral storytelling, and visual art. We ask with every interaction: after money, what makes something Valuable?
Barter Boat is a project by RADAR Art Collective (myself, Anna Abhau Elliott and Desiree Moore). It has been to Minneapolis (Northern Spark Festival), Indianapolis (IN Light IN), Baltimore (ArtScape), Atlanta (Art on the Beltline), Scottsdale (Canal Convergence), Breckenridge (BreckCreate) and Grand Rapids, MI (ArtPrize).
Barter Boat is the recipient of an ArtPrize Seed Grant and was named one of five projects on the Juror’s Shortlist at ArtPrize 2018.