The Internet Yami-Ichi in New York
a free to attend “Internet-ish” flea market
The Internet Yami-Ichi is a free-to-attend flea market where people gather and exchange “Internet-ish” things in real life. Originating in Japan, the first ever U.S. edition of the Internet Yami-Ichi was the tenth Internet Yami-Ichi and the largest yet. Over 130 vendors exchanged and sold wares at Knockdown Center, a 50,000 square foot former door factory-turned arts space in Maspeth, Queens.
Online secret society IDPW organized the first Internet Yami-Ichi in Tokyo in 2012. Since then it has travelled to Berlin, Sapporo, Brussels, and Amsterdam. Past vendor items include glitch-embroidered clothing, Edward Snowden snow globes, and apps rejected by Apple. The Internet Yami-Ichi in New York coincided with the first ever WWyW (World Wide Yami-Ichi Weeks), simultaneous markets in Taichung, Taiwan; Linz, Austria, and Seoul, Korea.
Flea markets and the Internet are both fanatical and chaotic mixes of the amazing and the useless. In the Internet Yami-Ichi the wills and desires which brought us online are salvaged into a social exchange celebrating the Internet, in the real world.