TransActing Programme

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Saturday, 11th July 2015, 12 - 5pm
TransActing: A Market of Values on 11 July 12-5 @ Chelsea College of Arts (beside Tate Britain) SW1P 4JU

This open air pop-up market will feature 60+ stalls that explore existing systems of evaluation and actively produce new ones: a skillshare, organ donation, an economy of promises, commoners, a fablab, a bring your own BBQ, virtuous communities, bricklaying, an economy of promises, a speakers’ corner—even a kiosk buying tears. Multiple currencies will circulate, not all of them monetary.

Whilst the values of competitive markets dominate contemporary life, including art and its education, other kinds can and do coexist. #TransActing will nurture and celebrate these other value relations in a spectacular one-day event.

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Critical Practice is: Metod Blejec, Marsha Bradfield, Helen Brewer, Fangli Chen, Cinzia Cremona, Neil Cummings, Neil Farnan, Angela Hodgson-Teall, Karem Ibrahim, Catherine Long, Amy McDonnell, Claire Mokrauer-Madden, Eva Sajovic, Kuba Szreder, Sissu Tarka and many more besides.

TransActing is organised by Critical Practice and designed in collaboration with public works. It's part of Camberwell, Chelsea & Wimbledon (CCW) Graduate School’s public programme.

Stallholders and Other Contributors

5 minute art conversations • Mohammad Namazi
Discuss the role of art and of artists in the 21st century, generate experimental sounds and explore art in the lives of non-artists

Promoting legislation which would mean all parties have to put forward at least 50% women candidates in the Scottish Parliament and Council elections

A fictional travel agency of medical tourism examining the negotiation between state and citizen through reproductive rights and technologies

Artists' Union England • Emily Ballard
A new trade union for professional visual and applied artists

Bello Gnocco
Stall selling Sicilian arancini at bargained-down prices

The Bricklayer and the Artist • Pablo de Laborde Lascaris and Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre
A sculpture-performance about learning from the construction industry: knowledge transfer through bricklaying

Bring-Your-Own-BBQ Food • Francis Thorburn
BBQ and chill-out area with furniture constructed from recycled artworks. Bring your own faire and Francis will cook it up

The Bureau of Exchanges • Anna Minshall
This conversion table will deal across the tangible, abstract and emotive currents in the market. A microcosmic increase in personal investment in human exchange may reflect a macrocosmic revaluation of ecological consequences of economic transactions.

CASSE Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy
Promoting the steady state economy as a desirable alternative to economic growth

CCW Tracers • Tobias Benedetto, Molly Butt, Cici Kang, Karel Doing, John Hartley, Anna Minshall & Deniz Paran
Invite you to join them mining, untying and reweaving traces of the Anthropocene

Collecting Keywords • Renée Ridgway
Specificity, value, search, nomenclature: Creating a collective ‘folksonomy’, reflecting ‘A Market of Values.’

Curated This! • Pita Arreola, Elliott Burns, Jake Charles Rees, Špela Pipan, Louise Laage Toft, Yusi Xiong
Curation has extended into nigh on every facet of our lives - even the food in your fridge. ‘Curated This!’ returns to the concept of curator as caretaker, except caring for community rather than object

Divest UAL • Georgia Brown, David Cross and Amy McDonnell
Calling for University of the Arts to end their financial support for the fossil fuel industry. The campaign starts here challenging UAL to express their values in an exchange of signatures.

Doris Koch • The Finance(-ing)-System for Art-Dealing The Finance(ing)-System for Art-Dealing takes up, reflects, and transforms aspects of the global financial system. Share-Takers can gradually discover these aspects. They receive insights into processes and experience interdependencies, which can also potentially lead to crises.
Emotional Baggage Handling Service • Barley Massey and Belle Tidswell
Transacting Communication, Reflection and Emotions

The Finance(-ing)-System for Art-Dealing • Doris Koch
The Finance(ing)-System for Art-Dealing represents an alternative financing model for projects using Koch-Shares, an artwork in the form of stocks, currency, participatory notes and money

Finding Money, London & Paris • Carla Cruz and Antonio Contador
Antonio and Carla’s project explores the social, political and creative repercussions related to the everyday occurrence of finding money on the street

Fortune Cookies • John Teddy
300 Limited Edition Custom-made Fortune Cookies will be created to initiate discourse about the value we place on readymade objects

From a letter to the teacher to Letter to the System • The Common and Josh Y'Barbo Reimagining (art and design) education

Giant Doll’s House • Catja de Haas
Participants are invited to contribute to a giant dolls’ house, which can be put up for sale. Bidders are invited to buy and redecorate effecting a doll’s housing market

GoodGym • Ian Drysdale Virtuous communities - get fit do good. A group of runners that combine regular exercise with helping out in communities

Hallucinatron 5000™ Micro-Hallucinatory Theatre • Joey Ryken
Exploring ‘readings’ of psychic distress in a transformative exchange, guiding the user into an expanded consciousness

In Passing • Alice Tatge
An encounter on success and failure; choreography of the mind will be stimulated using a toolkit of senses including olfactory potions and storytelling

Invaluable Movement • Dafne Louzioti
A workshop exploring the value of moving together using Capoeira Angola and Contact Improvisation exercises to unpack the subtlety of cooperation, competition and individual action within a group

Jacob’s Ladder
Jacob’s Ladder is a small, ethical company who raise their own cattle. They will be selling beef burgers, demonstrating how costings of their products are calculated

Liquid Memory • Natalia Romik
Transacting in the substances of remembrance. As a prop to trigger memory exchange, liquor will be infused with the ambiences of places, people, situations

Listening Stall • Mark McDonnell
A workshop on listening as an approach to the other. Perhaps we all want someone to listen to us without judging, censoring or imposing themselves upon us?

The London Neurodegenerative Diseases Brain Bank • Judith Lyons
The stall will promote the importance and value of Brain Donation and will include craft activities for adults and children which may be kept or donated to the stall gallery

Lo Scarto (Touch) • Elena Cologni
The space between people as residue and difference and the knowledge of each other is embedded in objects produced in a process of visualisation through touch (prelinguistic)

Management Architecture Research
MAR interrogates the architecture of management structures in relation to ethical issues. mar focuses on institutions engaged in teaching and learning of art and design

Master of the Universe • David Cross
A new performative work that considers the cost of academic life under neoliberalism

Mending for Others • Textiles Environment Design • Becky Earley & Bridget Harvey
The act of mending our clothes needs a total reinvention; this stall invites you to mend for other people, to mend as ‘giftivism’, to mend as a social bond

Minor Compositions
The stall will showcase the research – theorizing – publishing project as part of a series of interventions and provocations drawing from autonomous politics and avant-garde aesthetics

Mint(ed) • Colin Priest
Mint is one of the most undervalued herbs around, but the robust plant has remarkable currency - even used as tax payment in biblical Egypt. A lucky dip of mint will revitalise & sweeten passersby

Money Weaver • Tal Drori and Giovanni Innella
At the Money Weaver stall, the visitor will be able to give two banknotes of £5 and get them shredded and then woven into one banknote

Music By the Metre • Graham Dunning
Imagine a shoe repair stall, but instead of replacing heels it sells music by the meter. If you don’t want your music off the peg, bring along a cassette & have a new piece assembled while-you-wait

Open Circle Feedback (Ceramic Version) • Dan and Trish Scott
YOUR OPINION MATTERS! Whether you want to share a thought, ask a question, trial an idea or just let off steam in an open space of live critique and evaluation

Open School East
Open School East was founded in 2013, responding to spiralling tuition fees and student debt. It was instituted as an experimental, versatile and collaborative space for artistic learning and production

Open Values • Metod Blejec and Taja Topolovec
OpenValues is developing a platform for a worldwide community of individuals and organizations build on shared values, work ethics, beliefs and passions

Organ Donation & Palpation of the Spleen • Angela Hodgson-Teall and James Van Der Walt
Organ donation is a generous act, requiring empathy with an unknown other. Gift today.

People’s Bureau • Eva Sajovic, Rebecca Davies and the People's Bureau community
An artist-led participatory project activating an exchange of skills and needs based in a dedicated shopping cart in Elephant & Castle will travel to Chelsea Parade Ground.

Creating sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns with Permablitz a social experiment emulating the give and take exemplified by the soil-food-web.

For 33 years Platform has combined arts, education, activism and research in projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice.

Photographing Girls Archive • Julia Riddiough
Imagery from pro-am photography manuals that utilise the male gaze and viewpoint to photograph women... in order to sell products or just to consume women?

Portable Darkroom • BBKP: Savvas Papasavva , Nathan Birchenough, Nicholas Brown, Craig Kao
When was the last time you physically developed or printed a photograph? A self-made, portable darkroom revealing the tools and methods needed to create chemical-based photographs

Promise Exchange • The Early Lab
In exchange for refreshment, people promise to make a small intervention over the following week to help combat stigma detrimental to preconceptions about mental health

Reading Aloud: Eden of the Dispossessed • Ruth Maclennan
The fifth Reading Aloud performance by the artist. The project seeks to reclaim public space for intellectual exchange through cultivating the pleasures of reading and listening to words read out loud.

Rejuce • Tom Fletcher and Friends
Recycle and refresh with juice made from mindless waste

Resilience • Prof. Ezio Manzini
Design, service design, strategic design, sustainability, resilience, social innovation and the SLOC Scenario: small, local, open, connected.

Ribas and Herbst
Exploring greed and selflessness, authority and deference, demand and obeyance, drama and power...

Rivers ProjectSilvia Krupinska and Richard Bater
While serving water to drink, Silvia creates conversations about the importance of rivers, their ecosystems and other natural resources

School of the Damned
An alternative un-accredited postgraduate program run by its students and supported by a growing circle of visiting lecturers and tutors

Speaker’s Corner
A platform open for everyone to stand up, and voice their concerns, visions and values, enacting our belief in the free and unconstrained exchange of ideas; speakers include: AltGen, Mark McGowan, Valeria Graziano, United Voices of the World and many more besides

Our speakers' corner was created by Chelsea College of Arts' Interior and Spatial Design Summer School
Staff: Shibboleth Shechter, Xavi Llarch Font, Carolina Caicedo
BA & FDA ISD Student Ambassadors: Zahra Khan, Nadia Rodrigues Pedrosa, Shukri Sultan
A Level Art and Design students from: Addey and Stanhope School,
Cheam High School, Pimlico Academy, Edmonton County High School, Eastbury Comprehensive School, Carshalton Boys School and Burntwood High School for Girls

Speculative values: Science Fiction Short Stories • Dan Smith
Reading a selection of science fiction short stories at hourly intervals chosen for their sense of cognitive estrangement, and for their engagement with ideas related to value

Stupid Club • Sadie Hennessy
A look at the fragility that defines rock/pop stars; the brevity of their lives paradoxically ensures the enduring nature of their (posthumous) careers.

Surreal-Toy-Making workshop • Jennie Fagerstrom/Machines Room
Learn how to incorporate LED lights and conductive thread in this surreal-toy-making workshop!

Tarot Readings £5 • Rosalie Schweiker
Rosalie decided to make her own deck of tarot cards, which she now offers to read at art events but also in shops, in the streets and in markets.

Tear Dealer • Alicja Rogalska and Łukasz Surowiec
A pop-up stall where anyone can produce and sell their tears for cash. It creates a space for the collective experience of sadness as work.

thickear Records Store • thickear: Geoff Howse, Jack James, Kevin Logan and Tadeo Sendon
A thickear sound recording artifact can be acquired by members of the public in exchange for personal data in an exploration of the ethics and economies of data transactions
Wearable Art • Akiko Ban
The stall will showcase 'wearable art’ - handmade perspex jewellery- which questions the value of art, its distribution and consumption.

Weave Exchange • Shane Waltener
A collection of objects originally made using natural plant materials found on location, which will question the value of making and work, as well as locality, ecology and sustainability

Weighting Matter • Ruobing Wang
Weight is a measurement of how much the force of gravity acts on a given amount of mass – weighing and balancing everyday objects

Xenospaces • Dr. Angus Cameron
Exploring the construction of 'xenospaces' - fictional but functional spaces of money, finance, boundaries, taxation, cartography and discourses of inclusion, exclusion and exception --