TransActing Differentiation

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Coordinator: Kuba (would prefer to resign from this function)
Members: Cinzia, Marsha, (Amy, are you game?)

The purpose of this group is to work with individual member-artists of CP who were named in the bid to curate #TransActing: A Market of Values in such a way that it represents greater scope and diversity. We're looking for productive friction between stalls and the values they represent.

Recent developments
After the CP General Meeting on 16th of June, it seems that DWG needs to acknowledge the rough consensus of CP about the number of stalls, as everyone agreed that we need between 40 and 50 stalls max.
Also seems that individual CP members might have other plans for allocating their stall holders' budget than discussed by DWG during DWG meeting on Saturday 13th of June
Still, there is a will to fill in the Gaps in Market Agenda by utilising some previous Concepts for Diversyfing the Market
All CP Members are asked to fill in their proposals for extra stalls. We aim at the rough number of 50 stalls in total, current count is between 45 and 50.

The summary of DWG meeting on Saturday 13th of June


We currently estimate that we are at our disposal ca. 1150 GBP, which is the difference between 5000 GBP overall budget for stalls and 3850 GBP currently devoted to stall holders in TransActing Budgets. That would estimate to briefly 10 additional stalls.

Gaps in Market Agenda

Basing on comments of other CP members and our discussion, we have recognised following value systems not enough represented in the current curatorial agenda of the Market:
- politics - art-related activism (platform, oil, cape farewell), political parties, political clubs in UAL / representatives of political parties, student activism (occupations, Hanna - ecoactivism)
- economists - mainstream economists, alternative economic systems / non-capitalocentric systems of barter / economic exchange (sharing economy, cloth swap, misfit economy, coach surfing - > meet ups, hospitality), artists cooperatives (Tatiana Baskakova), corporate social responsibility, accountancy / evaluation / trading (Dutch guy working for Guardian), corporate tax campaign, Robin Hood Tax campaign, time bank, volunteering, examples of alternative currencies, digital currencies
- religious values - religious groups (quakers, buddhists, hippies, spaghetti monster, atheists
- ethical values - ethics professors (Malcolm Quinn)
- law - Jack Tan, copy left, copyright, creative commons
- beauty industry (AVON, cosmetics, street market beauty parlour), fashion industry / make up artists / hairdresser conversation
- value of citizenship - migration (Trenton Oldfield), overseas students (student activism), minorities in museums / arts (TRAIN, David Dibosa)
- gender equality
- childcare activity
- labour / trade unions - PWB, trade unions at UAL, trade union of artists, Artists Union England, living wage
- anti-gentrification / space speculation (David Roberts, Look at the Estate You are In, Argent)
- alternative food outlets: recycling / local products / skipped food (Karem)

Activities planned

- update the wiki (Kuba)
- generate propositions of concrete stall holders
- Tuesday 16th of June meeting - summarise and ask CP to contribute
- Wednesday 17th of June morning - start inviting

Comments by CP members
Neil: I feel we are lacking some rigor and real-world engagement [ ;-) ]; so, I'd like to encourage:
Platform: Their work on the influence of sponsorship, especially of oil companies, in the arts is very relevant. Maybe Mel Evans who wrote ARTWASH
Dave Beech for a Marxist account of Art and Value(asked already - but seems that they have an event the same day in Leicster ; ( )
New Economics Foundation and their Happy Planet Index
Brett Scott (I had him down earlier then crossed him out as there were lots of economists proposed but few have materialized) who compiled the Heretics Guide to Global Finance

TimeBanking UK
Londonwide LETS Link
UK Uncut
FairTrade UK
Community Gardnes
Food Cooperatives
Local Trading Systems
Artistic Cooperatives

Cinzia: I have had a long discussion with a friend with an in depth knowledge of marketing and PR looking for a way of bringing those mechanisms to TransActing. We concluded that for a relevant experience and engagement we would need a prolonged consultation process with the participants and resources that we just don't have.
I'd like to include stalls that reproduce those strategies on an individual level. I was thinking about having a beautician who can offer basic grooming services as a nudge to 'branding' and complying with aesthetic 'industry' standards. This would be a straightforward commercial transaction and may incur charges as discussed in our last meeting.
I'd also like to invite local Avon and other iconic firms representatives.
Some people I know happen to be organising a clothes-swapping session for the day of TransActing. I think it would be great if they did as part of the Market of Values. I have not mentioned it to them yet because I'd like to hear your opinions first and it might still not work out ... Marsha: 'Nature,' bikes, hacklabs, mending, etc.

Amy: It would be great to represent the legal sector - law and the construction of values. Maybe also religious values?

Eva: What about a second hand/carboot stall with clothes/objects?

Interesting propositions at Art Car Boot Sale

Marsha and Kuba visited Art Car Boot Sale on Sunday. ACBS is "The Art Car Boot Fair is an original idea by Karen Ashton and has been developed by Karen and her sister Helen Hayward since our first event in 2004 in London. It was an idea that grew out of a desire to pick up where Joshua Compston’s ‘Fete Worse than Death’ and Gavin Turk’s ‘Livestock Market’ and Articultural Shows’ blazed a trail in the 90’s and to re-introduce some summer fun and frivolity into a thriving but increasingly commercial London art scene. We aim for the Art Car Boot Fair to be a day when the artists let their hair down and for all-comers to engage with art in a totally informal way, and to pick up some real art bargains to boot! Participation in the Art Car Boot Fair is by invitation and referral by original ‘booters’ only."
We spotted a couple of interesting stall holders:
Belle Tidswell with her Emotional Baggage and Fabrications Gallery - interactive games on emotional balance and affects
Saddie Hennessy - a mature lady artist with an ironic sense of humour
Cultivate Viner Street artist run space
Dylans Bookstore Swansea a former public mobile library van turned into a mobile bookstore

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