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Internet Yami-Ichi

Internet Yami-Ichi

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September 12, 12 – 8pm

Knockdown Center is pleased to present the U.S. debut of Internet Yami-Ichi (Internet black market), where artists, creators, and makers will come together to sell and trade Internet-related items in a flea market style bazaar. The Internet Yami-Ichi invites vendors and visitors to browse face-to-face, to “log in” to an intercultural exchange of the Internet and real world. Artist duo Exonemo and online collective organized the first Yami-Ichi festival in Japan, which has since spread to Berlin, Brussels, and now New York, for its largest iteration to date. The Internet Yami-Ichi in New York coincides with the first ever World Wide Yami-Ichi Weeks (WWyW), simultaneous events taking place in Taichung, Taiwan; São Paulo, Brazil; Linz, Austria, and Seoul, Korea.

The event is a manifestation of the enthusiasm, desires, and freedoms of the early days of the Internet. A time when users – not corporations – controlled data. As puts forth, “Once upon a time, the Internet was supposed to be a place for liberty.” Since then the Internet has evolved and impacted life in many ways. We are ever-more dependent on smart phones and digital communication to interact with the physical world. The desire for quick communication has spawned countless memes and emojis, now used like a second language. Social media and data sharing sites are hubs for friendships and knowledge. Privacy, anonymity, and freedom of speech have become critical points of debate as companies enforce copyright laws, activities such as “liking” are tracked and monetized, and forum trolls wreak havoc on message boards. The Internet Yami-Ichi brings these experiences in virtual space to the real world – creating a humorous and timely discussion of Internet culture.

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 to” etc., so a more accurate translation might be “Internet Obsessive Market.”

Organized by Exonemo,, Chris Romero, Eri Takane, PARTY Inc., and many others, the New York edition of the Internet Yami-Ichi will host over 100 vendors who will communicate and share their love for the Internet and reveal the depth it contains. Coinciding with the event will be an exhibition featuring the works of artists and performances.
Adam OkrasinskiAddie WagenknechtAlbert NegredoAllison Parrish, Andrew BadrAngie ShenAnime Research GroupAnnie MalametAnsh, Aram BarthollArcangel SurfwareART404Ayyoko Confidential, Babycastlesto.beTokyo Twilight, Chris Romero, Carla GannisCaroline SinderseteamSocial ClinicClaire, Clement VallaCorinna Kirsch and Dylan SchenkerDaniel Johnson, Daniel JohnstonDarren KongDavid HuertaDavid Kraftsow, Dries DepoorterLouise DrulheDoritaEd BearElena Garnelo, Emily SheehanEmma StammexonemoFabien MousseHannah Epstein, IDPW, The Institute for the Study of Invisible Walls, Jon Burgerman, Katy DresnerKristin Lucas & 
Joe McKayFaith Holland, Fantasista UtamaroG. A. Carafelli & Jen AhearnGoichi HOSAKA, Guilherme Pena CostaImani RazatNina KUOInternet dude (?), Invisible Light NetworkJeff DonaldsonJeff OngJohann DiedrickJohn Farrell & Fletcher BachJohn Provencher, Julian SheepKaren Y. ChanCreate In SituLaura Juo Hsin Chen, Lauren McCarthyRyan HaleLeah SchragerLinn Livijn Wexell, Lizzie DavisMaddy VarnerluxloopMarianna de NadalArt F City, Powrplnt, Mattia Casalegno, Jason SigalMasanori Mizuno, Michael MandibergMike ChoMiles JoynerMeguru Yamaguchi- NIGHT TRAINMike RichisonNate Graham, NIKO, Nicolas ProbstNukeme, NullsleepØLIVIA_FØXOR BooksOTOLibrary of the Printed Web, Qanta ShimizuPhilip David StearnsRafaël Rozendaal, Lorenzo SanjuanThe Rack NYCRAFiARei NakanishiHELLO VELOCITY, Ohm and SportMR BOTSRoberta Bennett, Robert Martin, Ross Goodwin, Rollin LeonardRyoji TanakaSurya Mattu & Tega BrainSarah Grant,
Sarah RothbergSessa Englund, Sekai Kouzuma, Several.Works, Sharang Biswas,Shingo OhnoShunyaHAGIWARASong HiaTabita Rezaire, tadahiTakuya HosoganeEri TakaneTaisan TanakaTaeyoon Choi, GifpopAlvin YeungTakashi Horisaki, Tess Adams, Transfer Gallery,
Trish MacKenzieTwinhead 
Cat HoltzUttam Grandhi, Uni & YefengVSOONWade JeffreeWEATHER MANYuchen ZhangZach KrallZach LiebermanZZYW!!

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