Do you think you could build a shelter out of cardboard?
Are you able to sleep during a riot or outrun a violent mob?
BLACKMARKET lays down the challenge.
JOIN THE FIGHT FOR SURVIVALSOLD OUT
A bold and playful intervention into the discourse around the failure of market economics. – Ben Brooker, RealTime
At the heart of pvi’s artistic activities is a belief that through play people will feel more ease to act outside of social norms. – Rebecca O’Brien and Rachel Robinson, ABC Arts
WED 27 – SAT 30 MAY 2015
TUES 2 – SAT 6 JUNE 2015
TICKETS: $15/$10 + BF
SESSIONS: 6:30PM, 6:45PM, 7PM, 7:15PM
VENUE: Alaska Projects, Kings Cross
Perth’s tactical media art renegades, pvi collective, return to Sydney this May for blackmarket, a participatory site-specific work that takes place on the streets of our city at night. Part roaming artwork, part real-life video game, blackmarket invites you into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading.
In the fictional world of pvi’s urban role-playing game, the global financial crisis has arrived. As a player you are forced to fight for survival within a black market economy. Infiltrating Kings Cross, pvi collective invite you to join the experience as a blackmarket “hustler”. Exposed to an underground economic structure where goods and services are available but the hustlers are without cash, instead, you will trade your possessions in order to survive the night. From psychological coping mechanisms to physical training, urban survival skills to weaponising garbage, pvi’s blackmarket is highly immersive, instruction based and perversely fun.
Exploring our true worth and what we are capable of without economic growth, blackmarket is an interactive experience of live art that ensures – to borrow from the right-wing American economist Milton Freidman – “there is no such thing as a free lunch”.
Please contact us on 02 8571 9112 to discuss any specific access needs to you may have, or to enquire further – we will do our best to accommodate!
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