SUPER MARKET brings together artists and collectives to ply their superfluous wares in exchange for offerings from the public. By relying upon barter (the original method of consumption) and excluding currency, SUPER MARKET is an invitation to engage directly with the process of trade and negotiation. Bring along whatever you have to offer – it could be an unwanted object or a valuable skill, a bad idea or a good intention – and swap it for something new.

Participating artists were: Adam Cruickshank, Agents of Proximity, As You Were Saying, A Constructed World, Damp, Dell Stewart, Geoff Newton, Grant Nimmo, Greatest Hits, Hotham Street Ladies, Jessica McElhinney & Jarrod Zlatic, Kate Smith, Kay Abude, Kiah GM, Moop Jaw (Antuong Nguyen & Warran Wright), People Collective, Safari Team, Sibling and The Telepathy Project.

Click here for details about propositions and click here for artist information.

This event was part of an event series running alongside Always Moving (A performance laboratory in several parts), a group exhibition curated by Jared Davis. Always Moving was shown at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces (GCAS) from 18 June – 17 July 2010 in the front and main galleries.

SUPER MARKET was curated by Kim Brockett and took place on Saturday 3 July from 11am to 4pm at GCAS.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Thank you!


A big thank you to everyone who came to SUPER MARKET on Saturday, it was such a fantastic day and it was great to see so many people enjoying the spirit of exchange. I hope you had an excellent time and once again, thank you for being a part of the experience.

L-R: Greatest Hits, Sibling

L-R: Moop Jaw (Antuong Nguyen & Warran Wright), Jessica McElhiney & Jarrod Zlatic

L-R: Safari Team, Dell Stewart

L-R: Main gallery, Grant Nimmo

L-R: Geoff Newton, Jessica McElhinney & Jarrod Zlatic (back), Dell Stewart (front)

L-R: Damp, clay plant sculpture by Narelle Desmond

L-R: The Telepathy Project, Hotham Street Ladies

L-R: Kay Abude, People Collective

L-R: Ace Wagstaff (for Greatest Hits), As You Were Saying

L-R: For A Constructed World, sweet and savoury offering from Kim

L-R: Kiah GM, Agents of Proximity


The success of this project would not have been as easy without the generous support from the following people: all of the SUPER MARKET artists, collaborations and collectives, Jared Davis, everyone at Gertrude, Brona and Maria from City of Yarra council, Penny Modra, Peta from Simon Johnson, Ace, Tai & RRR, and Gavin Bell.

Photo credit: large images by Jared Davis, all other images by Kim Brockett


  • a chocolate soccer ball

  • a plastic giraffe toy

  • a tea towel

  • a muffin

  • a lemon

  • two tea cups

  • a fun size cherry ripe

  • turnips

  • somebody else's self-photocopy

  • hair

  • a picking of fennel

  • scarves

  • rocky road ingredients

  • lemonade

  • jellybeans

  • 1,000 words on the work traded

  • a finger knitted necklace by a sweet 8 year old

  • a tomato crate from Adelaide

  • 2 jokes:

    • so there's these two women having a cup of tea in the lounge room waiting for one of the husbands to come home from work. her friend sees him coming down the garden path and he's carrying a huge bunch of red roses.

      the wife turns to her friend and says "great, now i'll have to have my legs open all night." and her friend says "really? dont you have a vase?"

    • what do you call pigs in space?

Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Age (Wed 30 June), Three Thousand #263 and more



Plus check out these nice posts by SUPER MARKET artists Dell Stewart and Dan Cass from Damp.

Friday, July 2, 2010

proposition #20 - People Collective


Type & Symbol based tattoo designs

in exchange for

Handmade objects and plants

bonus proposition


free gift with purchase!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

proposition #18 - Jarrod Zlatic


Bakery - A Rock Mass for Love 12" LP (American Pressing, Decca Records)

Idiom Flesh - Inheritance 12" EP (Australian Private Press, Rama Records, w/ Poster)

Do Re Mi - The Waiting Room 12" EP (Australian Pressing, Domestic Harmony/EMI Pressing, w/ Lyric sheet)

Equal Local - Yank / 12 Ways To Go 12" Single (Australian Pressing, Missing Link)

Cuarteto Cedrom - Le Chant Du Coq-Cantate 12" LP (French Pressing, Polydor Records, w/ Francois Rabbath)

Kas Product - Try Out 12" LP (French pressing, RCA Records)

Arthur Brown - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown 12" LP (American Pressing, Track Records/Atlantic Records)

Shocking Blue - Scorpio's Dance 12" LP (German Pressing, Metronome Records, Gatefold)

Sacred Cowboys - We Love You...Of Course We Do! 12" LP (Australian Pressing, Man Made Records, w/ Insert)

The New Dawn - There's A New Dawn 12" LP (Bootleg pressing)

Tangerine Dream - Rubycon 12" LP (Japanese Pressing, Virgin Records, Gatefold, w/ Insert)

Roedelius - Offen Turen 12" LP (German Pressing, Sky Records)

Embryo - Opal 12" LP (1990's Repress, Think Progressive, Gatefold)

Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht 12" LP (1990's Repress, Spalax Music)

The Greatest Show on Earth - The Going's Easy 12" LP (1980's UK Repress, EMI/Harvest, Gatefold)

The Greatest Show on Earth - Horizons 12" LP (Australian Pressing, EMI/Harvest, Harvest Logo Label, Gatefold)

Judy Henske - S/T 12" LP (American Pressing, Elektra Records)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - S/T 12" LP (Italian Pressing, Orizzonte)

Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso - Darwin! 12" LP (Italian Pressing, Orizzonte)

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre - The Asmoto Running Band 12" LP (Australian Pressing, Dandelion Records)

Siegfried Schwab - Meditation 12" LP (German Pressing, Melosmusic)

Eloy - Inside 12" LP (American Pressing, Janus Records, Gatefold)

Eloy - Floating 12" LP (American Pressing, Janus Records)

Conrad Schintzler - Blu 12" LP (2000's(?) Bootleg Pressing, blue vinyl)

Amanda Shankar - S/T 12" LP (2000's American Pressing, WEA/Reprise)

This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow 2x12" LP (British Pressing, 4AD, w/ sleeves)

Bob Dylan - White Label 12" LP (Bootleg pressing, side 1: Early solo acoustic, side 2: Basement Tapes outtakes)

Graham Lowndes - Mouth Music 12" LP (Australian Private Pressing, Jambone Music, w/ Lyric sheet)

Marine - Same Beat 7" Single (Belgium Pressing, Les Disques Du Crepuscule)

Four From The Floor comp. 7" EP (British pressing, Office Box Records, w/ Surface Mutants, Bass Tone Trap, They Must Be Russians, Hula)

Los Reactors - Be A Zombie 7" Single (American pressing, Cynykyl Records)

Chunder Down Under 7" single (Australian Pressing, Bulletin Records, mid-1960's Barry Humphries recording)

Can - Moon Shake 7" single (American pressing, United Artists Records, promotional single)

Red Asphalt 7" ep (American pressing, Egg and Anvil Records)

Essential Logic - Fanfare in the Garden 7" single (English pressing, Rough Trade)


Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Proposition #17 - Dell Stewart



"Some things I will have will probably be a neon builders twine snake necklace and plant hanger along with some ceramic bits and pieces and maybe a hand drawn pillowcase or two.

I hope for something interesting in return - some friendly art or object I guess, though I am also intrigued by other peoples skills, useless or not.

If all else fails you could perhaps negotiate with handmade goods or bake me something."

Monday, June 28, 2010

proposition #16 - Kay Abude


a photograph

in exchange for

a photograph(repeated)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

proposition #15 - Kim


a hand-knitted scarf

in exchange for

something original

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Proposition #14 - Moop Jaw (Antuong Nguyen & Warran Wright)



in exhange for

tattoo designs, found photographs, handmade objects, pre-loved vases

Friday, June 25, 2010

proposition #13 - Kate Smith


Kate Smith drunk at the super market

in exchange for what

Thursday, June 24, 2010

proposition #12 - Kiah GM


i givz ya dis::::::::

manicure qute stylez - - - -all colourz, all smellz -

ESP PRADA POUF - they're here!!!!!

phono toyz, danglez n charmz n how many can u dangle//?/?///
i make 4U - but no iphonedontknowhowtoplaydatgame


u gimme bak sum:::____>>>>>

furry stuff - fwafwa more more
ball stuff - bouncy, i eat it, accessoriez
falsies - 4eyeballsz
posca texta besta frienda
cat things pleaseeee
shroomee stuf

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Last minute update!

Here is a last minute update to the SUPER MARKET line up.

AS YOU WERE SAYING will now be joining us, and Aaron Moodie will be pairing with Colin Trechter to bring PEOPLE COLLECTIVE to SUPERMARKET!

Stay tuned for more additions to the list of propositions... coming your way every morning at

Only 10 days to go!

proposition #11 - As You Were Saying



in exchange for


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

proposition #10 - Sibling



in exchange for


Monday, June 21, 2010

proposition #9 - Jessica McElhinney


I will cut your profile in 2 minutes

in exchange for

french cheese and beagle parapheranalia

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Proposition #8 - A Constructed World


a multiple of Le Feu Scrupuleux which is about restrictions on speech

in exchange for

a videotape of someone making a speech
(the speech has no frame other than it is something that the speaker cares about)

Friday, June 18, 2010

Proposition #6 - Kate Smith

Ralph Lauren

in exchange for

flowers, fabric, wrapping paper, Fanta and not having to talk in return

Thursday, June 17, 2010

'Always Moving' opens this Friday 6-8.30pm at Gertrude!


Always Moving opens this Friday at Gertrude from 6-8.30pm with performances from Bum Creek and Eko Eko Azarak.

See you there!

And a big thanks to our pals at Three Thousand for the nice mention!