OBO: The Labor Show

On Saturday April 4th, 6 – 8 p.m., NEAR*BY curatorial collective hosted OBO: The Labor Show, a social practice experiment of real-time market exchanges amongst a group of selected skilled tradespersons.

For the purposes of this exhibition, makers/service providers collaborated on an Artist-to-Artist Contract for the exchange of their labor. Contract templates were intentionally open-ended to allow the two parties to come to a mutual agreement of exchange—demonstrating how real life commodity exchanges can be empowering and mutually rewarding.

Inspired by Josiah Warren, (widely considered to be the first American anarchist,) & his Cincinnati Time Store, an early 19th century commercial experiment that equated labor with market value; when taken within a context of face-to-face interactions, NEAR*BY hopes to shine a light on the ways in which the creative community might find paths to mutually-beneficial commercial exchanges.

Saturday, April 4th, 2015. 6 – 8 p.m.
2159 Central Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45214

First Saturdays in Brighton, FREE and open to the public.


* Custom carpentry, John Auer * Hair styling, Jessie Hoffman * Independent music label/handmade flyers, Robert Inman * Printing/woodburning, Doug Korfhagen * Dancing, Laura Lane * Tarot card reading, Kimberley McAninch * Acoustic music, Nancy Paraskevopoulos * Poetry, Precious Phillips * Yoga, Donna Rubin * Kombucha brewing, Libby Singhoffer * Pataphysics, Loraine Wible * MORE TBA *