Value Products


This work consists of 3 parts:

  1. collecting small manufactured items from the street
  2. naming, valuing and labeling the materials
  3. selling the products on a market

I never really understood how making and selling art could be united. How can someone who makes art also be interested in selling it? Now, however, because I have been doing performance art, the selling of art has become even more alien to me.

I used to have several side-jobs for which I took the role of a salesperson. It was a complicated task, as I never fully supported the products that I had to sell to my customers, and besides, the act of the selling always felt unnatural anyway.

As a result I have come to reevaluate what it is to sell products, products that no longer have value for others or that just get lost or left behind on the streets. Before putting the products in their packages I asked others to name the items and to tell me what they thought the value of that particular piece was. Each item that I find is named and the data regarding the place and time of its discovery included on its label.

I sold several products during the first sales performance at a flea market in Neuss Germany. Among them were: PLASTIC VERPAKKINGSAFVAL for €0,10; LUTSCHERSTIEL for €0,-; COFFEE for €4,-; BONBONPAPIER for €0,50; ZIGARRETTENSCHATEL for €0,05; PAPIERMÜLL for €0,05 and ZWERFAFVAL for minus €0,35. The ones that I didn’t sell I kept for the next market. To name a couple that are in stock, I have: KIPPENPROTHESE for €44,99; BUDDY for €500,-; KWEETNIET for €6,-; and an ELASTIC BAND for €30,-.

In the meantime the assortment of retail products have expanded, with new ones that I have found in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Gent (Belgium), Turku (Finland) and Graz (Austria).
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Value Products from Ieke Trinks on Vimeo.