They've also started a very interesting project that you can find here: Parallel School
While we were waiting for something that we needed their labour for Sophie, Pedro, Afonso and Maël sent us this voucher.
We designed this postcard for them. (They've since changed the name of the studio to Glass Hill making the card somewhat redundant.)
Postcards for stimulance
After finishing her education for being a chocolatier Gertie has plans for opening a chocolate shop, but came across a lot of obstacles. Linda made and sent her 10 postcards, 1 each day. The postcards contained options for possible locations of her shop and possible brand names.
Sweater bed blanket
When Charlotte's boyfriend was going on an exchange course for 6 months she asked Linda to make something special to remind her of her boyfriend in return. It became a large bed spread made of his sweaters.
For Daniels website Linda needed good pictures of his artwork, Nadine had an afternoon photo session with Daniel to archive all his work.
KEVIN DE HAAS
In return for the photographic archive Nadine asked for a small Photoshop course to give some tricks on how to apply image treatment on her photo' s for her upcoming exhibition. Linda asked Kevin to do this because of his big knowledge of Photoshop.
Box of chocolate
Gertie made a box of chocolates for Kevin, because he gave the Photoshop course to Nadine.
As a journalism student and a good writer Charlotte was asked to re-write the Biography of Daniel Mullen, so that could be used for his website and in his further career.
The film maker Valeria Stucki needed a space for the casting of her next movie, The retards. Sandino and Luca agreed to provide an empty room at the Neue Galerie for her to use during 2 days.
Valeria attended and documented an event to make it experiencable for an absent person (Jonas). In this case the state championship of air guitar in Fribourg, Switzerland. Result is a short movie, subtitled in english.
The Neue Galerie needed someone to take pictures of the artwork by Orlando Guier and archiving them for the website or future publications. The Photographer Franziska Scheidegger agreed to do so during one afternoon.
Jonas made a foldable movie poster/DVD cover for Die Zurückgebliebenen (The retards), the next movie by Valeria Stucki. The movie deals with atomic pollution of the ground around the village Kerzers, in a rural area of Switzerland. Silk screen templates made out of symmetrical papercuts, a traditional Swiss handcraft.
In return for the photographic archive Jonas made Franziska stationery, using coloured paper and a punched hole (inspired by the camera obscura) rather than a logo as an identity.
'I find the internet interesting, and so is the future' by Hanne Lippard.
In exchange Jonas Sætervik made a 12 paged illustrated colouring book.
Jonas made a t-shirt to trade words with Hanne Lippard. Silk screened, typography by Isaac.
James made the first voucher we've seen that was not designed by us. When we saw it we were really pleased that a Work for Work agreement had been initiated and was evidently useful for others.
Place faking leaflet
Finn William’s work is about faking history and creating fictional heritages for new developments. He asked us to design a publication for his exhibition at the New London Architecture, and we created this leaflet that pretends to be part of a bigger history or context by pretending to be a section of a larger book, starting on page 97. We designed this along with exhibition graphics in the front window and interior space.
This website documents Work for Work exchanges that have taken place not only between us and a second party but also exchanges that have taken place between two parties independent to us. It's not that an exchange of favours constitutes something new, no doubt we have all exchanged favours with other people, however we have found that the up front nature of the Work for Work agreement is a way of formalising this exchange economy, making it clearer for both sides.
If you would like to send us documentation of a Work for Work exchanges we would be happy to add them to the site. We are also keen to add images of any Work for Work vouchers that people make for each other. If you would like to propose an idea for Work for Work with us, please send an e-mail to:
The Work for Work project began when we organised a series of workshops during our Work in Progress Show at the Royal College of Art in January 2007. We asked the participants to run one day workshops in the exhibition space.
A PROJECT BY:
GERRIT RIETVELD AND WORK FOR WORK
In January 2009 Julia Born set her students at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie the task of instigating a Work for Work exchange. The graphic designers had four weeks to complete the contract. The results are documented with the other exchanges above.
The framework of Work for Work seems to pose useful questions to students at this level. It asks them to take a decision on who they are interested in working for and how to translate their knowledge and approach to create something useful for this person. It requires a curiousity for working with people, encouraging the student to look beyond the frame of their educational institution. The project opens a dialogue about what they want to get from an exchange and what they can offer in return, both in terms of the product and the exerience. We welcome any other tutors to use the Work for Work framework. Please let us know if you do.
Igor Stravinsky — Lullaby for 2 recorders (1951) Performed by Amy Whittlesea and Olwen Fisher
Josiah Warren opened the Cincinnati Time Store in 1827. Customers to the store could exchange work using labour notes like the one seen below. The store was open for three years when Warren left to set up communities based on his principles of labour exchange. Josiah Warren explains his ideas in his book Equitable Commerce.
MISCELLANEOUS 3 (A VALUE DISTORTION)
Apparently, while dining in a cafe, Pablo Picasso offered to pay his bill by doodling on a napkin. When the owner complained that the Spanish master had not signed his sketch, Picasso responded that he only wanted to pay for his meal, not buy the whole restaurant.
We were invited to talk about Work for Work at the Architecture Association. They have posted a recording of the debate here. It was especially good to talk about Work for Work following a presentation by Sara De Bondt on a book swap fair that she had organised called Barterama. The Work for Work bit starts half way in.
To read more about exchange we can not recommend any book more highly than Volume One of Capital by Karl Marx. The book is a critical analysis of capitalism. This first volume was originally published in 1867.
To accompany Capital there is a good series of supporting lectures by David Harvey, they can be viewed online and are called Reading Capital. In these lectures David Harvey unpicks some of the important concepts and draws useful connections to how we've seen capitalism play out over the last century.
Here is a project that has recently been set up locally to us called The Timber Wharf Time Bank. They have created a credit system to enable people to exchange their time and skills. The Timber Wharf Time Bank is focused on strengthening relationships in the local community.