Barter Shelf


Das Tauschregal is an experiment in participatory economics. In 2014, Daignault sent an open call asking viewers to trade "objects of value" for paintings. Thirty-one participants were chosen anonymously and each agreed to trade one object for its painted representation. All thirty-one objects were displayed on a shelf and each day over one month, one painting replaced the object it depicts, exchanging concrete commodity for abstract representation, as in currency. Das Tauschregal suggests an alternative art market, exploring the notions of value independent of price (meaning, sentiment, aesthetics, formalism, power, influence and beauty).