Kristin Marting’s work centers around the idea of forging communities through immediate works that engages the complexity of today’s streaming culture.

During her Swing Space residency, Marting will develop Trade Practices, an interactive live art event that examines the notion of “value” by dropping the audience into a living market in the trade of sort performances. Six original texts chart the evolution of a fictional currency company from family-owned business to publicly traded corporation in serialized installments. The audience’s actions determine the cost for each play’s next episode, driving prices up and down in response to market forces. Trade Practices isn’t merely about markets; it is a market, where the audience become actors – rational or otherwise – on an economic stage.



Image credit: courtesy of the artist