October 8, 2016
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Barter Market Singapore 2016: Barter Trade Artisan Goods With a Little Kindness

By Herman Low

As the first form of acquiring goods and services, Barter Trading was what we depended on to survive. Fast forward to society today, we have created money as a construct for buying and selling things. This inherently can be said to have caused the tearing apart of society’s fabric and creating a disconnect among the human race.

Wanting to re-instill the idea of sustainability and interdependence, Indigoism – a local non-profit social enterprise, organized Barter Market in 2015 as a initiative to bring together the local creative, arts and music community as the first step in reconnecting society to its roots.

Since it’s first rendition, the barter market has become a gathering of fun-loving traders from all walks of life, which promises to offer an interactive experience like no other.

The fifth edition of Barter Market is a first-time partnership between Indigoism and Briefs.

Happening on 9th October 2016, the Barter Market event is held in collaboration with Singapore Archifest 2016. Don’t miss out on the crew from Briefs who will performing a range of activities from live drawing to live free style rapping, in exchange for something of course.

Not to worry for those who are joining for the first time, here are some simple guidelines.

Rules to follow at Barter Market:

  • Vendors will list items they are seeking for in exchange for other goods/ services on the event day itself. More info on facebook.
  • Each vendor will only trade when they can agree on the transaction and that the goods brought to them fit the exact bill of what they want.
  • Attendees will be immediately turned away from each vendor when they try to offer the vendor money.
  • Attendees can try to persuade vendors by offering them a skill or a service. Eg. Helping the vendors for the entire event, attract customers, singing a song.
  • There will be a last table set up which will offer attendees the option of trading their bartered goods for mystery paper bags containing a form of basic sustenance.

Looking for some awesome designer goods? These five amazing vendors can be found at the Barter Market x Archifest 2016:

1. Soh Hui Yun a.k.a WING

WING is an artist that expresses her individuak quirky art style through different art forms. She will be trading line cut prints in exchange for ink, good ol comic, iron on patches or toys.

2. Master Kin Music

A collective of musicians from Amsterdam known for swinging their own style of vibrant, energetic and meaningful music will make their first mark in Singapore. Master Kin is a combination of the words ‘mas’ (gold in Indonesian) and ‘kin’ (gold in Japanese). For the ‘Rap Shop’, Master Kin will be performing raw hip-hop, with jazz and funk influences to cater to all the visitor’s requests in exchange for Facebook likes, Instagram follows or posting their videos to your own page and tagging them

3. Acorn & Cora

A photography, film and design collective that comprises dreamy piao piao film maker – Gladys Ng and mushroom hair traveller – Nicole Chai. The duo will be offering postcards, zines and photographs inspired by their travels in exchange for other photos, books, zines, music, any beautiful or interesting handmade creation of your own or a beer and a good conversation.

4. Cindy Witono a.k.a sicksickkids

The one woman show exploring the inner minds of people especially children by putting sad people, exotic animals, oversized plants, zombies, basically a weird combination of things on various print platforms. She is willing to trade for vegetarian-friendly food/drinks, your own art, or anything interesting about yourself.

5. Rouge Mich

An illustrator, graphic designer and street artist that sees art as a non-verbal communication tool, particularly interested in social interaction aspect which explores the difference in each human being other in contrast to the variety of each individual’s perspective. Henna tattoos will be offered on the spot in exchange for alcohol and non-alcohol drinks or likes and follows on Instagram.

With such a inventive and unique event mechanism, it would be a pity to miss out on all the possible fun and interactions with the various vendors. Who knows what you might end up with at the end of the evening? So come and surprise yourself!

This event is free and open for the public to attend.

Date: 9 October 2016

Time: 2pm – 6pm

Barter Market 2016: Archifest Pavilion@Raffles Place Park, 30 Raffles Place, Singapore 048622 | Website | Find out more info on Facebook

Herman Low

Apart from eating, you can always catch me watching films, playing video games and indulging in Singapore's blossoming arts and music scene.