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15 January 2016

blackmarket: coming to the streets of Subiaco

blackmarket was one of the most rad, incredible, educational, exhilarating adventures of my lifetime... an original and unique concept executed masterfully…’ - Nancy doll, tweet after blackmarket: Sydney May 2015.

This February the City of Subiaco plays host to blackmarket, a public art intervention performance by Perth’s own tactical media art renegades pvi collective, as part of the 2016 Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF).
Part audio-driven intervention and part real-life video game, blackmarket invites guests into a dark underworld of entrepreneurial trading on the streets of Subiaco. In the fictional world of the urban game, the global financial crisis has arrived and participants must fight for survival as a ‘hustler’ within a blackmarket economy. Participants are exposed to an underground economic structure, trading possessions in return for survival skills and services. From psychological coping mechanisms to urban survival skills and weaponising garbage, blackmarket is highly immersive, instruction based and fun.

The PIAF season is nearly sold out, however the city is running several other blackmarket experiences to leverage off this exciting art performance and to activate the town centre. For information on how your business can get involved, read on.

blackmarket artists in residence
Keep an eye out on the streets of Subiaco for a sneak peek into pvi’s unique tactical media approach as they practise for the highly anticipated upcoming season. Watch as ‘found’ objects and street performance collide!
When: Friday 5 to Friday 12 February
blackmarket performance season
Participants will enter a part roaming-artwork, part real-life video game, as they step into a dark underworld of unlicensed street selling and entrepreneurial trading on the streets of Subiaco. For session times visit the PIAF website.
When: Tuesday 16 to Saturday 27 February

blackmarket pop up gallery
Experience the aftermath of blackmarket in the wake of the performance season. Explore the interactive pop up gallery to view video and photography from the live performance with some of the ‘artefacts and debris’ from the performance season.
When: Saturday 5 to Friday 18 March, 10am to 4pm daily
Where: Unit 1A and 1B, 1 Seddon Street, Subiaco
Free event. No bookings required.
blackmarket masterclasses
Step into the world of pvi collective’s blackmarket as they give insights into their unique performance style and review the 2016 PIAF season.
When: Saturday 5 March and Saturday 12 March 2016
Bookings essential for these ticketed events. Details to be released in the coming weeks. 

How you can get involved

We are extending the opportunity to the local business community to engage with blackmarket during the two week performance season from 16 to the 27 February. Hospitality businesses are encouraged to contact with any promotional ideas including blackmarket drink specials, post-apocalyptic themed nights or food specials for hungry performance audience members. Your involvement will be promoted as part of this dynamic art intervention on the streets of Subiaco.

Participating businesses will also be invited to the exclusive blackmarket pop up gallery launch party on Friday 4 March.

Local businesses may also be contacted in the coming weeks by Kate Neylon from pvi collective. pvi are looking for businesses that are interested in being a location as part of the live performance season this February. If you would like to get in contact with Kate, contact

More information on all things blackmarket in Subiaco will be available on the city's website in the coming weeks.