Intangible Goods – Art & About Sydney

“You can get anything you want in our consumption-fuelled society, except the stuff we increasingly need: bravery, connection, calm, purpose. Until now!”  


For Art and About Sydney 2018, artists Elizabeth Commandeur and Mark Starmach have created an ‘intangible goods’ vending machine. The vending machine, which will be located at a number of sites across Sydney, will sell an “experimental line of conveniently-packaged consumables for the mind.” The consumables have been designed to satisfy our human needs, like imagination, purpose or friendship, and will cost around $2 each. All profits from the installation will be donated to beyondblue, the Mental Health Association NSW (WayAhead) and the Schizophrenia Research Institute at NeuRA.


The project is the artists’ first venture outside of the advertising industry, in which the pair have been a multi-award winning creative team. The motivation behind the project is their shared experiences growing up in households affected by mental illness.


Make your purchase from the Intangible Goods vending machine, at these locations from the 26th of March to the 8th of April.


  • 26 March to 29 March: Martin Place
  • 30 March to 3 April: Customs House Square
  • 4 April to 8 April: Pitt Street Mall


Art and About is a city-wide celebration of Sydney’s creativity and imagination. International and local artists will be displaying their works in public spaces around the city for the everyone to enjoy. You can expect art in any corner of our city, at any time, including major installations, intimate exchanges, and thought-provoking exhibitions in unusual spaces.

NeuRA is very grateful to be chosen as one of the benefactors of this installation. These donations will help our Schizophrenia Research Institute and other mental health research teams to discover, conquer and cure diseases of the mind.

Find out more about the Art & About Sydney and the Intangible Goods project here

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