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Traversing Borders – Exotero and YAMI-ICHI

Traversing Borders - Exotero and YAMI-ICHI

Traversing Borders – The non-monetary art auction
Online event – April 22, 2021 to May 2021 (UK)


The experimental art collectives Exotero and YAMI-ICHI launch Traversing Borders. A digital program of free and participatory events to help emerging artists find their place in the art industry.

At the heart of this project is a one-of-a-kind art auction. An auction that replaces cash payment with non-cash exchanges. Here, money is powerless. Instead, buyers are trading their skills. Their objects and their offers in exchange for works of art.

Four contemporary multidisciplinary artists based across the UK have been selected to co-produce events and sell their work. From April 22 to May 8, Traversing Borders will organize a series of panel discussions. Workshops and creative activities, showcasing the four emerging talents. The non-monetary art auction will take place on May 8.

FULL PROGRAM: Please visit Exotero or YAMI-ICHI.

April 22, 6 p.m. (UK) – BEYOND THE PRICE TAG: Panel Discussion on Alternative Methods of Valuing Art.

April 24, 1 p.m. (UK) – Studio Tour with Shani Haquin.

April 24, 5:30 p.m. (UK) – Work Mud, Play Bingo with Rebecca Tucker. (Artist Demo)

April 24, 7 p.m. UK – What We Do at the Parties with Henry Blackwell. (collaborative performance)

Digital content from artist Mernywernz: https://mernywernz.com/

FINAL May 8: Non-monetary art auction

Since its inception in 2017, this will be the fifth time by YAMI-ICHI to hold a non-monetary art auction. Previous events took place in 3 different countries around the world and were widely attended by people from all walks of life. The Tokyo event alone attracted 700 visitors. The auction brings an experimental advantage to the art market and challenges the current perception of art as a commodity.

“When bidders are asked to offer something other than money, they realize they have to listen carefully to what the artist has to say and think creatively about what they can offer. Unlike the traditional art auction, bidders and artists can make personal connections. That’s the beautiful thing about this event. »- Sachiko Osawa, Founder of YAMI-ICHI

For emerging artists, this is an invaluable opportunity to meet potential collaborators and clients. To learn to value their work and to put into practice the skills necessary to establish an artistic career. Traversing Borders offers a new iteration of the non-monetary auction, exploring the vast potential of digital events. “The collaboration with YAMI-ICHI and our four artists has been incredible. Together we have found some really creative and alternative ways to support artists through a time of isolation and difficulty. Sabrina, co-founder of Exotero.


YAMI-ICHI (“black market” in Japanese) is an international art project that replicates a traditional art auction, but replaces cash payments with non-monetary trade-offs and exchanges. The project seeks to answer the question: “Besides the monetary cost, how can art be valued?” YAMI-ICHI challenges the current perception of art as a commodity in a capitalist art market and encourages young emerging artists to re-evaluate how their work can be perceived and connect them with potential clients or future collaborators.

IG: @yamiichi_art
FB: https://www.facebook.com/TeamYamiichi/

About Exotero

Exotero is a collective of creators, led by Sabrina, Charlotte, Michaela and Isabel. Together, we support and connect artists and the public through visionary and alternative public programs. Each approaching and criticizing the distant and apolitical art world in a different way. We provide an accessible and community space that encourages lasting dialogue and collaboration through meaningful and reciprocal experiences. Our programs are interdisciplinary and include abundant opportunities for people from different backgrounds to come together and meet.


Traversing Borders - Exotero and YAMI-ICHI

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