What We Want is Free: Critical Exchanges in Recent Art

Explores how contemporary artists use gifts, barter, and other forms of nonmonetary exchange as a means and medium of artistic production.

This revised edition of What We Want Is Free examines a twenty-year history of artistic productions that both model and occupy the various forms of exchange within contemporary society.

Germantown City Hall

A city hall located in an abandoned city hall structure in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, PA.

Model Model UN

A daylong event modeled after a Model UN, with the goal of arriving at a definition for social practice.


A living room in West Oakland.

hungry cowboy

A quartet with Jacob Wick (trumpet), Jonathan Goldberger (guitar), Briggan Krauss (saxophone), and Mike Pride (drums).

a mown lawn

A quintet with Judith Berkson, voice; Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone and bass clarinet; Jacob Wick, trumpet; and Katherine Young, bassoon.

Conditional Actions

A set of internet-based text scores written between 2008 and 2015.

Solo trumpet

The trumpet is a three meter long tube with a diameter of around one centimeter that is twisted into an ovoid shape about one-third of a meter long. This tube is interrupted by a set of piston valves, the machinery of which was developed around the same time as automobile engines. In his solo performances, … Continue reading Solo trumpet

White Rocket

A trio with Greg Felton, piano; Sean Carpio, drums; and Jacob Wick, trumpet