At the 2010 New York Art Book Fair multiple exhibitors proposed that books can be a type of currency, and would only exchange their book or their goods for another book. As a form of intervention we proposed a loop-hole currency — a book meant only for trading. Using guerrilla strategies, my collaborator Keri Bronk and I sat on the PS1 steps and distributed our book for free explaining it was a type of voucher that could be traded for another book inside.

The black spot alludes to Treasure island, where a page of the bible is delivered with a large black mark indicating future misfortune. In the case of our book we reversed this and suggested the spot as a predictive mark— a foreshadowing of good fortune in the form of a new book.


by Nelson

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