Site-specific Contemporary Art in Derbyshire

Charlotte A Morgan



MarketPlace is a site specific event which took place at Chesterfield Art & Markets Festival from Thu 29 - Sat 31 October 2009. The project addresses changes in global and local trade and their influence on the structure of towns and cities, exploring the local and global manifestations of the marketplace and its shifting position socially, spatially and economically.

MarketPlace presents a re-imagined market stall structure, developed in collaboration with James Halsall, Jordan L. Lloyd and Rob Taylor, which acts as a physical record of visitors to the space by altering structurally as items are taken away and incorporates multifunctional, adaptable and mobile elements. This is combined with a curated collection of visual and textual responses to the market place, comprising a range of forms from critical text to documentary video, photographic essay, interview, event documentation and participatory art work, and including contributions from artists, writers, curators, architects and active local people. Whilst considering ideas, interpretations and uses of the marketplace, the collection also draws upon its significance within cultural discourse and practice and upon wider notions of community, locality, exchange, interaction, commodity and the object. MarketPlace aims to bring into question the ways in which social and economic shifts combine with advancements in technology and design to create new systems, forms and processes in that directly influence our urban existence.

You can view an online version of the publication which accompanied the project below.

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