all my life for sale

What do you do when your material possessions start to weigh on your sense of freedom?”

‘all my life for sale’ is an online project that explored our relationship to the objects around us, their role in the concept of identity, as well as the emerging commercial systems of the Internet. Using the public/commercial space of the online trading community Ebay in conjunction with his online catalogue, John Freyer catalogued and sold nearly everything that he owned, from his kitchen cutlery to his personal hygiene products, his Star Wars sheets and finally even the domain name itself. (Now owned by the University of Iowa, Museum of Art)



Antiseptic Mouth Wash
tag # 000160

My dad used to keep an odd looking bottle wrapped in a manilla shaped tube under the sink in the bathroom. It was a pungent yellow liquid that was bitter to the taste and burned the inside of my mouth..

Although this may burn your mouth after a while, it is far from the Listerine that my father used to use. It is green and syrupy sweet, filled with green dyes and saccharine..

I think there is half a bottle now, since I took this photograph a month or so ago.





After selling the items, John then set about visiting his one time possessions in their new homes.

We like this project because it is really interesting to see who would buy the items and for what reason? Did they buy it to be a part of this project? Or was it just something they needed anyway? When looking at the gallery of items sold, you realise just how many of his possessions he did sell, such as the mouthwash shown above.

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