Preview: Barterama

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 114 months ago
Preview: Barterama

2107_barter.jpg London's first ever "printed matter swap fair", Barterama, takes place in the sylvan surroundings of the Barbican Conservatory this Sunday.

You can leave the wallet at home for this one, as it's a strictly money-free affair with no commercial interest. All you need do is bring along printed material of any stripe — books, mags, fanzines, textiles, postcards, mugs, flyers, textiles — and swap them with other visitors. Is this a charming hark back to a time before money made slaves of us all? An exploration of the poetic economy and a considered critique of our current ecological and economic catastrophes? Or simply a way of getting your hands on a rare copy of The Smoke issue 2? Probably a bit of all three, really.

Barterama is organised by Organisational Papers, boasts a guest appearance by Luca Frei, and there'll be stalls by, among others, Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Library, Grafik Magazine, and the ICA. Anything that remains afterwards will be given to Oxfam. It's free to come and swap your stuff, though if you're planning on bringing a large amount of material, it's a good idea to pre-register by emailing info(@)

Barterama, at the Barbican Conservatory, from 11am - 5pm. Entry is free.

Last Updated 21 July 2009