TransActing Open Call

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Call for Proposals

Deadline: 5pm, 1 June 2015

#TransActing: A Market of Values

Saturday, 11th July 2015, 12 - 5pm, Chelsea College of Arts- London (across from Tate Britain)

This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others exploring existing structures of evaluation and producing desirable alternatives. Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing is taking place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground and will showcase enterprises likes skillshares, repair hubs, hacklabs, blood and food donation banks, expert and enthusiast knowledge, an estate agent, freegan food and other resources. These diverse forms of value production will animate economies beyond the financial one that dominates contemporary life.

#TransActing will be hosted in bespoke stalls built by Critical Practice, Public Works and other contributors. These will be interspersed with spaces of assembly and exchange - a speakers' corner, a social cinema - with multiple currencies circulating. It's a wealth beyond capital that will be traded at this market.

#TransActing is presented by Critical Practice and forms part of CCW Graduate School's Public Programme. The project is made possible by generous support from Arts Council England and CCW Graduate School. Many others have contributed time, money and other resources besides. |

Organised by Critical Practice Research Cluster

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We're a cluster of individual artists, designers, curators and other researchers associated with Chelsea College of Arts, University of the Arts London. Through our Aims we intend to support critical practice within art, the field of culture and organization.

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We have a longstanding interest in public goods, spaces, services and knowledge, and a track record of producing original participatory events, like Parade an international series of events exploring the disagreeable, contentious, exhilarating, messy, efficient, live, improvisatory and provisional nature of Being in Public.

Critical Practice seeks to avoid the passive reproduction of art, and uncritical cultural production. Our research, projects, exhibitions, publications and funding, our very constitution and administration are legitimate subjects of critical enquiry. All art is organised, so we are trying to be sensitive to issues of governance. Governance emerges whenever there is a deliberate organisation of interactions between people, we are striving to be an 'open' organization, and to make all decisions, processes and production, accessible and transparent. We post all agendas, minutes, budget and decision-making processes online for public scrutiny.

The research elements pursued under the auspices of Critical Practice will engage with the various forces that are implicated in the making of art, and the increasingly devolved experience of art made available through art institutions to their audiences. We will explore new models for creative practice, and engage those models in appropriate public forums, both nationally and internationally; we envisage participation in exhibitions and the institutions of exhibition, seminar and unconferences, film, concert and other event programmes. We will work with archives and collections, publication, broadcast and other distributive media; while actively seeking to collaborate.

Proposal Applications

Here's a link to the one that Pangaea Sculptors' Centre used for their open call for their recent, Residency in a Record Store. Please review the document and suggest possible fields for our application form.

Key Dates and other Info

Deadline for Proposals: 1st June 2015
Critical Practice will meet on 2nd June 2015 to review applications
Successful applicants informed by 5th June
Construction of market infrastructure and stalls on Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground 3rd - 10th July (details TBC)
Deinstallation and cleanup 12th - 13th July
Deadline for contributions to the #TransActing publication in fall 2015 (date TBC)

  1. TransActing publication launch in fall 2015 (date TBC)

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