TransActing Narrative

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Project Narrative for #TransActing in publication - this will be an abbreviated version of the one we had in PARADE - ideally about 15 entries - we're looking at a section of about 16 pages. Image suggestions would be excellent. Turning points, etc.

NB: Could we get something in here about the currency? Maybe when it's pitched and/or takes shape?

January 2011: Kuba and Marsha meet with Artur Zmijewski to discuss the possibility of Critical Practice featuring in the Berlin Biennial, which will look at the "What is the use/effect of art?" - review Berlin wire to determine what happens here...

July 2012: Market of Values proposal - Dortmund - project failed because...Chelsea couldn’t get the letter of support sorted - ask Kuba and Metod to weigh in on this to be sure it’s correct (Format: wiki image/blurb) October 2012: Post-doc fellowship in Critical Practice is advertised...this will mean there is someone who is being paid to research in and writing funding applications for Critical Practice - the post starts on 28 May 2012 and runs for two years. (Format: Suggestions? Maybe just a paragraph for this - could connect to SSW.)

October 2014: Market of Values Working Group – discuss diversity of market stalls to include Auction, Speculation & Gambling stalls. For this to work market goers would need a Currency to transact with, for wealth to fluctuate & provide a level of jeopardy.

November 2014: Currency idea expanded to incorporate Rawlsian 'veil of ignorance' so market goers are allocated currency according to a starting status either upper/middle/working class, socio-economic banding, 1% or 99%, others may be celebrities etc. participants can earn, trade, gamble, be rentiers depending on status to acquire higher value market goods or services.

March 2015: We get the ACE money - Marsha and Kuba write the application over Christmas holidays - feels like a longshot but we pull it off. We have funding + the money from CCW - amazing part of it - in-kind support from RHP - something like 10k/day - (Format: include letter of agreement - ACE - scanned, assuming they are okay with this)

May 2015: Market will now only be a one day event. Practicalities of alternative currency debated. Getting stall holders to accept new Currency maybe difficult as may have own ideas for transactions , distributing to market goers may be problematic – conclude that market should be a mixed economy. Want to explore wealth beyond capital, capital is not only money! Currency WG (working group) formed Neil C, Metod, Neil F.

20 May 2015: Currency WG - Neil C suggests collaboration with MachinesRoom (FabLab) to produce currency. Neil F contacted Gareth Owen Lloyd of MachinesRoom.

21 May 2015: Neil F presents new proposition for Currency – demonstrate mockup with pack of cards, poker chips and map of parade ground. To challenge primacy of cash – split value into constituent parts. Each stall would have to accept at least 2 values to make a transaction. Idea accepted – Each currency should have 3 levels of identification: an Icon, Written text, and Material. After some discussion looked at Utopoly Game (designed by CP) and came up with Wellbeing, Time, Knowledge & Creativity. Metod to design Icons, Wellbeing=Heart, Time=Egg Timer, Creativity needs to be like a spark, Knowledge more difficult didn't like brains, books, mortar boards 'knowledge isn't just cerebral!' . Currency needs to have text on both sides needs the CP logo - Need at least 300 of each. Very successful Design meeting!

22 May 2015: Currency WG - Neil F pops over to MachinesRoom to see facilities and meet Gareth and Tam Vibert – interested to collaborate and also run a stall. Get samples from laser cutting and etching.

26 May 2015: Currency WG - Neil F shows samples including sheet of cut out tokens from 3mm plywood. Neil C likes samples and emails Metod. Feel we can work with MachinesRoom.

27 May 2015: Currency WG - Metod impressed with samples – will create initial designs and relate to overall #Transacting branding. Confirm we want to go forward with MachinesRoom using monthly option to use facilities. MachinesRoom keen to be represented at #Transacting.

02 June 2015: CP Meeting feed back on Currency WG – still working on Knowledge Icon. Still issue of getting stallholder and market goer buy in to use currency. Neil F concerned that the decision to allow traditional cash based stalls (to add to funds) could be problematic leading to confusion and breaks consistency of use. Neil C happy for opportunity to play with it and see how it develops. Other features: would facilitate transactions & act as a souvenir of the event. As people arrive could give in exchange for something e.g. contact details. Would people treat the currency as a commodity and value it?

June 2015: Open call closes 1 June - amazing meeting when select who will benefit from 1000 funding - Stall workshops - 2nd/18th June - building our collaboration with public works... Aha moment - Enzo Mari OS modular furniture design. (Format: we have lots of great images from these events).

03 June 2015: Currency WG - Neil F Wellbeing to be represented by Felt (in honour of Joseph Beuys) soft but also strong and protective. Also idea for Knowledge – The Flame of Knowledge re: Prometheus, passing the flame, enlightenment etc. Metod & Neil C like these ideas.

04 June 2015: Currency WG - Neil F researching Felt – needs to be pure wool not synthetic – not easily accessible to see samples – various options online but cant tell tell texture or rigidity.

08 June 2015: Currency WG - Neil F continues researching Felt - Neil C located shop but out limited stock and those available were very flimsy. Trying to source industrial felt used in applications such as engine gaskets. Spoke to suppliers most comes from outside UK best is from Spain and Italy.

10 June 2015: Currency WG - Neil F & Neil C meet at MachinesRoom for induction and laser cutter training. Metod sends sample files to trial. Experimented with Greyboard - very dense and takes a lot more time than plywood. Also need post laser processing with scalpel and cleaning off soot – a lot more time consuming than expected! However have a set of samples to show CP.

11 June 2015: Currency WG - Received quote from industrial source A4 sheet 3mm Felt for £24 (far too expensive). Metod produced more files with reverse logo of CP. Getting reverse side accurately aligned with front will be tricky. Found some red felt 3mm at £16/m ordered on internet to see sample.

12 June 2015: Currency WG – Booked MachinesRoom for production runs – only have 3 weeks (excluding week to build stalls and Fri blocked out for community use) to make 1200 currency – still no Felt and haven't tried reverse etching yet – Getting worried about timescales!

16 June 2015: Currency WG – Red Felt arrives looks good, quite rigid but soft. Need to test with laser cut MachinesRoom have done Denim but not Felt before. Takes some time to get correct settings and smells of burnt hair! Manage to successfully do reverse side.

17 June 2015: Currency WG – Laser cutting and processing (cleaning and scalpel) labourious takes 40-50 mins to produce 48 units this is not industrial processing! Will be touch and go whether can make all 1200 and haven't tried fluorescent acrylic for Creativity yet.

29 June 2015: Currency WG – Metod back in UK joins Neil F at MachinesRoom try out Acrylic. 1st side OK but halfway through 2nd side laser goes out of alignment – this shouldn't happen! A lesson on the infallibility of machines! Laser gets cleaned and reset - managed to get 1 sheet complete.

30 June 2015: CP Final Meeting before market able to display samples of each currency - rough idea of numbers 300+ Time, 300+ Knowledge, 300+ Wellbeing, 100+ Creativity - still need to think about rules - Neil C not keen on rules wants to see how people react. (A bit of neo-liberal anti regulation creeping in!) Neil F feels people will need some direction and rules of engagement. Need to discuss further with W G.

July 2015: 1 July Commencement of build - Upcycling degree show - Amy's food; trouble in paradise - Marsha throws a fit and there are two different invites

03 July 2015: Currency WG - final tally 1408 (Time 428, Knowledge 335, Wellbeing 363, Creativity 282) Decide to allocate stalls a float of currency relating to type of activity. Time is reserved for the market goers as they arrive will be given a unit of Time (basic income) in exchange for their time. Each will be told about expecting to transact with each other – will need CP members to inform invitees of the 'rules' and expectations. Neil C and Metod quite relaxed about this.

11 July 2015: Market Day - Morning distribute Currency and 'rules' to stall holders help from Wendy, Gabrielle and Lee – Neil F, Neil C and additional helpers distribute Time currency to market goers and offer programmes.

August 2015 - distribution of stalls - some stay on the RHP and others go to 'good homes'

Acknowledge Intellect application and publication...a long time in coming...