Arte Contempo, Lisbon

Artists’ commissions play on the transactional nature of art fairs

Curators Filipa Oliveira and Miguel Amado from 2009 Partner Institution Arte Contempo, Lisbon, present a group of artists’ commissions playing on the transactional nature of the art fair. At the Arte Contempo stand, visitors are invited to engage in a number of activities that reverse or subvert the usual exchange of money for goods or services, including:

Carey Young signs a limited edition of Donorcard – a version of the wallet-sized British organ donor card. Visitors are able to take a card for free but must countersign it in order for it to become art: a status that will last only while both signatories are alive.

Julieta Aranda and Anton Vidokle present Time Bank. A trading scheme that bypasses currency, the unit of Time Bank is an 'hour note' which can be used to swap goods and services with a worldwide network of participants.

Brina Thurston's Open Call consists of an open submission offer to artists that were not included in the 2009 fair. All the submitted proposals are presented at the stand for one day only.

DAYTODAY0 is the culmination of an ongoing project in which Carolina Caycedo trades personal possessions and services. Here, Caycedo trades commemorative patches and books about the project.

For The Review, Fia Backström works with a voice coach and a group of art critics to assist writers to mount a compelling performance of their review of the fair.

Finally for Hostess, Joana Bastos takes on the persona and duties of a gallery assistant at the Arte Contempo stand for the duration of the fair.