THE INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE SHOP
Thursday 3 February, starting at 4 p.m.
Wapke Feenstra from the MyVillages.org group is presenting The
International Village Shop, an international itinerant bartering market
where any locally produced product can be exchanged for local products
from the various cities where the market has been. This project has
been held in countries including Japan, the United States, England,
Germany and the Netherlands. Now it is coming to Madrid to join the
Seed Exchange Bank in shedding light on the local territory.
> The market will be open as of 4 p.m. and Wapke Feenstra’s presentation will be at 7 p.m.
SEED EXCHANGE BANK
Thursday 3 February, 6 p.m
3 February the next Seed Bank Exchange will be held. This initiative
aims to foster decentralization of seed control, question prevailing
management models and encourage organic agriculture in Madrid. The Seed
Bank can be visited at the Terrario during regular opening hours or at
other times by contacting email@example.com
> Creative Grants Programme
The International Villlage Shop doesn’t exist as a single shop, but through the ongoing set up of temporary and semi-permanent trading platforms by the different groups involved. Settings include the Honesty Box at Lawson Park, an annual stall at a village fete in Höfen, the Boxberg Products Display in Boxberg, a one-hour shop as part of a presentation in San Francisco, a shelf in a waiting room in a veterinary practice in Friesland, etc.
The products for the shop come from a wide range of sources and contributors, and are linked to the places where the shop takes place. They have a strong local narrative and identity, and are mostly developed collaboratively. The product development is rooted in stories, materials and skills that are particular to the village. Villages have always been a place of intensive production, from agriculture to meat and dairy production, gardening, fruit and vegetable processing etc. Today the meaning of agriculture and associated products have declined dramatically, but the village remains a rich resource for numerous materials, craft and labour skills and creative thinking.
The shop trades the products across cultural and language borders. Together with the products short film documentaries about their background are made. Their intention is to communicate the particularities of each product and its production. The films are 4 – 6 minutes long and focus on „handling“ as a form of explaining. Each film starts with a brief visual introduction to the geographical place. It then follows the producers and their everyday routines and activities that inform the products.
The collection of films shows the multiple places and individuals involved in the overall project. The different scales on the International Village Shop, from international links, to the individual village, to private production sites are captured in the films. They are shown during shop settings, and explain the extended network of producers and production sites that make the International Village Shop.
The shop, the making of new produce and the films are all ongoing.