A barter brings up these questions: What is possible, between us, when we determine what our work is worth?
fig. 3-2 Artist Andrea Liu teaches a class about Jean Baudrillard at TradeSchool in 2009.
fig. 3-3 Artist Huong Ngô teaches a weaving class at TradeSchool in 2009.
fig. 3-4 Artist and entrepreneur Perry Chen teaches a class about fundraising at TradeSchool in 2009
fig. 3-8 How it Works, 2009, designed by Louise Ma, dimensions variable. Courtesy of OurGoods.org.
fig. 3-6 The Work Dress, 2007-2013, cordura, canvas, cotton-denim blend, size Tall/Medium. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph by Martyna Szczęsna.
Woolard’s Work Dress, hanging on a ladder, was available for barter only from 2008–2013 and led to the creation of OurGoods.org. The photograph documenting the dress was taken by Martyna Szczęsna as a barter, in exchange for a dress.
fig. 3-7 Erased Washington, 2008, legal tender, Purple Power concentrated industrial cleaning fluid, rubber band, performance. Courtesy of the artist.
Barter, time banking, and community currency reveal that national money is only one medium of exchange; only one store of value. There are so many ways to encourage flows of value to circulate in communities. Legal tender is simply ink on cotton. It can be erased with car cleaner.