Internet Yami-ichi (Internet Black Market)

Sun 02.02.
Sun 02.02.
hkw exhibition

The Internet Yami-Ichi (Black Market) is coming to Berlin!

The Internet Yami-Ichi (Black Market*) is a flea market which deals with "Internet-ish" things, face-to-face, in actual space. Both flea markets and the Internet are fanatical and chaotic mixes of the amazing and useless. In the Internet Yami-Ichi both the wills and desires which brought us to create the Internet, and the wills and desires we picked up once we got there, are salvaged to be shared in a social space. Together we experience the afterglow, off line, as the "buzz" of the Internet wears off.

So turn off, log-out, and drop in, on the actual world. Browse face to face. Get glitch-themed clothing. Have a Japanese "idol" pretend to like you for a millisecond. Have someone compose and perform a ringtone for your phone. Create a GIF with your pals. Court "likes". Or not. Buy some spam in classical calligraphic styles. Buy apps that were rejected by Apple.

Japanese vendors from the first two Internet Yami-Ichi gatherings are coming to Berlin just to participate in this one-day event, to meet their German internet freak comrades and to join in this unpredictable intercultural point of exchange for its first ever staging outside of Japan.

*The Japanese word "Yami-Ichi" translates directly into the English "black market", though due to an emphasis created by mixing different Japanese writing systems the word "yami" takes on double meaning of "sick for" / "addicted by" etc., so a more accurate translation might be "Internet Obsessives Market". This market doesn't trade in dangerous or illegal goods. This black market is bright!


The Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs supports select Japanese artists participating in transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin and Art Hack Day Berlin : Afterglow through the Japan Media Arts Festival Participation in Overseas Media Arts Festivals project.

Organizer: transmediale - festival for art and digital culture berlin
Co-organizer: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan
Administration: NHK International Inc.
Planning director: Ito Gabin
Project advisor: David d'Heilly
Artists: exonemo, IDPW, Matsumoto Gento, Mohri Yuko, Taniguchi Akihiko