Turbulence Commission: Word Market by Belen Gache [Sign up for a free account]:
Word Market (WM) is an Internet portal dedicated to buying and selling words, using a unique currency, the ‘Wollar’. In times of increasing privatization of public spaces and the profusion of copyright laws, WM allows you to own, trade and profit from words as their value fluctuates. WM offers you attractive discounts and promotions. Don’t hold back! Increase your linguistic wealth. Become the owner of your words! And most importantly, prevent others from using them!
Word Market is a 2012 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc. for its Turbulence website. It was made possible with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Belen Gache is a Madrid-based Spanish poet. Since 1996 she has been creating experimental and interactive poetry and conceptual hypermedia pieces. Her work has been exhibited at FILE (Sao Paulo, Brazil), the Tamayo Museum (Mexico City), Cyberpoem (Barcelona), Cosmopoetica (Cordoba, Spain), the Porto Alegre Biennial (Brazil), E-Poetry 2011 (New York), among others. Gache has lectured and taught at the University of Buenos Aires, the University of Liverpool (UK), the University of Salamanca, the Casa Encendida (Madrid), the Laboratorio Alameda (Mexico City), the Grand Valley State University (Michigan, EEUU), the MALBA (Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires). She has published several novels and essays, among them her book Escrituras Nomades (Nomadic Writings), a research on experimental literary forms. Gache is an Art Historian and a Discourse Analyst (University of Buenos Aires). She was co-director of Fin del Mundo (1995-2005) one of the first platforms in Spanish language for the circulation of netart.