Thursday, March 27, 2008

What are passengers bartering?

Barter #1:
VIP Scope pass

Summary: Two Men dressed to the T toting a bubble wrapped framed work and looking for their next direction, subway, bus, taxi, street? The beautiful red lipsticked woman, who I was talking to, unsure if she had anything to trade, nudged me that they would be much better prospects. She seemed defeated by bartering, but these two gents weren't.

Willingness to Barter: Very. They were looking for their next transport and had their used VIP pass ready to trade.

Time factored in to decide: Seconds

Destination: Headed to Gramercy Park, they were right outside the 30 block radius, but the first ride of the weekend. It was negligible.

Value of Barter: I had my staff pass, but this was bartering leverage with someone else? Until you actually use the Scope VIP pass, the value becomes this: Chatter of art, riding bicycles in Amsterdam, NY slide shows in Gramercy, the Moroccan drivers in Europe service jobs, how trash pick up workers should be paid more and how we should settle for work we love that also pays. We arrived and an invitation for a cocktail in the best lobby just north of Union Square, was shared. Can't a taxi driver cocktail, pending that there is parking..not a chance.

Value Over Time: the Scope VIP pass has been of great value. Any friend that decides to accompany me, has the unlimited opportunity to enter the scope fair. It is great and a nice way of extending the invitation to my sidewalk art performance which gets cold after a while, at times.

Barter #2
A beer, for my health
Summary:Four passengers from Slovakia. One Curator/Editor/gallery owner, two quiet women, and a young artist debuting at the Pulse Fair. The Gallery owner ran a mobile art gallery unit throughout Slovakia, urban and was looking to extend the project into the country side. He was knowledgeable about alternative transportation artist riding throughout Russia on vegetable oil.
Willingness to Barter: This group of people were looking for me
Time factored in to decide: Slight hesitation, based on what they could offer
Destination: To get a beer, somewhere
Value of barter: It ended up as a barter intention. Parking and drinking as a cabbie is impossible. Somehow, it didn't matter.

Value Over Time: Knowing these "transportation" artists, may prove to be helpful next time I am in Eastern Europe

Barter # 3
one magazine, two business cards for printing opportunities, one tape player(portable), one searing wheel lacing cover.
Summary: a man and woman, looking aimlessly for their next direction and fascinated my the prospect of the car ride, no matter how short.
Willingness to Barter: Saw it as a creative opportunity, to get to her car, so we could barter what might be in the back trunk.
Time factored in to Decide: debate over the value of this ride. Wouldn't it be closer just to walk? Or would they be bartering for the experience?
Destination: 60th and Amsterdam

Value of barter: At the moment, the tape player seemed like the most amazing trade, after all my speakers just blew. The Eco issue of Metropolis, GREAT for reading, the steering wheel cover, will come in handy
Value Over Time: Replacing 6 c batteries in any electric machine without a cord almost makes me cry. It takes so much energy to dispose of batteries properly, pay for new ones and maintain the cycle. I might have to barter it to someone else.

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