Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Feral Trade: Kate Rich

The Feral Trade Route

TOTAL ROUTE:  Beijing-Beijing airport-Dubai Airport-Manchester airport-Salford Mill-Manchester Picadilly Station-Edinburgh Waverley station-Collective Gallery

The Feral Trade Courier is a live shipping database for a freight network running outside commercial systems. It is a public experiment trading goods over social networks aiming that the passage of goods can also open up wormholes and routes between diverse social settings, along which other information, techniques or individuals can potentially travel. New products are chosen for their portability, shelf-life and capacity for sociability: feral trade goods in current circulation include the coffee from El Salvador plus grappa from Croatia, tea from Bangladesh and fresh sweets from the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Kate Rich is an Australian-born artist & trader. At the turn of the century, she  took up the post of Bar Manager at the Cube Microplex, Bristol UK where  she launched Feral Trade. She is currently moving deeper into the infrastructure of cultural economy,  developing protocols to define and manage amenities of hospitality, catering, sports and  survival in the cultural realm.

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