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Revision as of 13:03, 4 July 2016

A-B-C #TransActing: A Market of Values

Some general notes:

• We selected terms that would allow us to discuss relevant ideas and other key terms, hence the list of words in black (only suggestions, not prescriptive) after the glossary voice in red. Naturally, discussions will overlap and refer to each other (see also ...).

• We have some ideas of who could write about certain terms. Some of us have already volunteered (names in bracket). Please, choose terms that you feel enthusiastic about expanding on. Kuba, would you write about Indebtedness and related concepts? And we would love it if Neil C could write about Market.

• We decided that the idea of LABOUR will be distributed throughout the different voices. Please, keep this into account if you decide to write a section of the glossary. Similarly, it seems to us, TRANSACTING will be tackled under several terms, although it also has its separate definition. ALTERNATIVE seems also to be relevant to almost all terms.

• We understand definition in the widest sense of the word!

Yours,

The publication working group.


PLEASE DO ADD TO THIS TABLE WHEN YOU CAN. Terms may be dished out to consider individually after our online gathering on the 7th Oct. The deadline for completion is Oct 31st. For the publication we will have to cut it down to max 2 sentences for each term.

TransActing Term CP definition
A Autoprogettazione From Enzo Mari’s approach to design and production, autoprogettazione is based on the principle that by making something instead of buying it, it becomes possible to learn in a unique way. Mari created a simple set of designs for pieces of furniture that could be built just with wood and nails. For #Transacting: A Market of Values, with the help of Andreas Lang of Public Works, we worked from some of Enzo Mari’s original designs in workshops and discussions. We developed variations for stalls for the market and collectively realised them as Critical Practice with the contribution of stall holders and the Good Gym.
B Barter A radical rethinking of systems of value and possible ways to make visible the ways they intersect was at the heart of #Transacting. Organs, tears, sounds, words and promises were traded and exchanged. As there are no direct equivalences between these quantitative and qualitative systems, bartering activates the open potential for materialising implicit values and modes of exchange. The challenges of bartering within such mixed economies elicited generous responses as all involved abandoned disbelief to explore fictional, alternative and provocative offers and requests. Bartering encourages the re-evaluation of goods and believes; it reframes the market as a context for collective knowledge production, reciprocity, social experiments and affective exchanges. (see also Currency, Economy, Hospitality)
C Currency Flowing through society and this non-competitive market are intangible values that facilitate exchanges. As a reflexive device to allow the public access to the embedded research of #TransActing currency artefacts were designed comprising of four themes: Time, Wellbeing, Knowledge and Creativity. This currency enhanced and enabled market interactions and as a medium of exchange challenged the primacy of cash.
D Desire In the Lacanian sense, desire is unconscious. It is what, deep down, one really wants. Being unconscious, desire may contradict our explicit ethics and political beliefs. The desire to belong, to feel safe, to control one’s life may lead one to accumulate possessions to the detriment of social and political structures that in the long run benefit all. Bringing those deeply held desires to the surface may help to develop more constructive forms of interaction and communal structures. The dialogues, the exchanges of information and the acts of generosity fostered by #Transacting, opened a space to rethink the systems within which individual desires are steered towards isolation and private possession.
E Economy As a vast field interpreted and theorized in many different ways, it I impossible to contain in one definition. Critical Practice has been questioning its own economy as art and cultural practice since its inception, as our first aim shows: We will explore the field of cultural production as a site of resistance to the logic, power and values of the ideology of a competitive market.
F F(r)ee/F®ee ...................................................................................................
G Governance The practices and policies by which any group abides. It attempts to balance the power of decision-making, work loading, opinion-sharing and opportunity to act. It is constituted by the explicit and implicit rules through which hierarchies and sources of power are negotiated and/or understood. CP runs as a cluster based on the principles of open organisations. Working processes include decision-making by rough consensus, transparency of working process and knowledge production and the creation of working groups to focus on the tasks at hand. It is not always effective, but a continue source of political and institutional awareness. Different sources of power and of resources often distort transparency, but are counterpointed by robust discussions, efforts at awareness and generosity.
H Hospitality The will and actions of welcoming and sharing. It involves acceptance of the other, generosity, care, attention. It is based on creating a welcoming environment in which guests can feel comfortable and free to act. For #Transacting, the stalls could be adapted to the need of our guests, making explicit Critical Practice’s openness to the needs of each ‘trader’. A convivial atmosphere is an essential element of hospitality and sharing food confirms that the wellbeing of all has been considered. Successful hospitality begets hospitality – members of the public were in turned welcomed to transact by artists, academics, researchers, architects, designers, chefs, musicians, nurses, speakers, readers. (see also: Join)
I Indebtedness ..................................................................................................
J Join ...........................................................................................................
K Know-how A pragmatic approach to knowledge constructed through doing; through making, discussing and 'learning on the job'. An understanding of how to do things, it implies that the 'science' of the application is understood through a net/patchwork of emergent knowledge, produced intuitively, explicitly or implicitly, by the people undertaking the action. CP employed mixed practices in a way that encouraged development of existent know-how of forming groups, making platforms and working together to construct the market, which in turn led to the furthering of collective skills such communication in groups, drilling, kindness, bread-making, empathy, negotiation... [1]
L Listening ...................................................................................................
M Market A market connects peoples’ needs and desires, through things, sometimes material things, via mediums of exchange, transactions. Markets are a bundle of simple technologies interlocked to form an ecology.

And an ecology is not controlled by a sequence of genetic programs – like a species, an ecology integrates a variety of different genetic programs, animals, plants, resources and energy into a network of related interests. Similarly, an ancient bazaar or a contemporary distributive market enable the interaction of people, ‘goods’, knowledge, values, resources, energy and waste to be networked into a resilient, often self-organized and decentralized system; a market||

N Network ...................................................................................................
O Offer ...................................................................................................
P Public The term Public although contested, has, with the addition of various pronouns, some defined interpretations. Amongst others we could include:
   Public Good; of, concerning, or nurturing beneficence, is the principle of doing good in the widest sense for a community or assembly.
   Public Space; maintained for or used by a people or community.
   Public Company; capitalized shares that can be traded on an open market.
   Public Realm; participated in or attended by a group or community.
   "Opinions are formed in a process of open discussion and public debate" Hannah Arendt.
   Public Office/Service; connected with or acting on behalf of an assembly or community.
   Public Knowledge; open to the knowledge or judgement of all.
   The Public; a community or the people as a whole.
   Public interest, a group of people sharing a common interest.
   Public utilities, the infrastructures necessary to facilitate a public.

On the other hand publicness is a bastardized word, a nonsense. It seems to encapsulate both the activity of sharing resources with others, and a quality of things shared. We preferred to think with this awkward term. ||

Q Quid pro quo ...................................................................................................
R Resources ...................................................................................................
S Stall ...................................................................................................
T Transacting Transacting, is first and foremost a communication praxis. Peoples come together to transact, perhaps for quite different reasons; they do not need to exchange equitably, or even communicate in the same language; all that is required is that they have some ‘goods’ to transact, and social conventions to enable the transaction; a distributive market.Transactions are possible without physical 'goods', and without ownership, all that is necessary – like language itself - is that one value be substituted for another, and that interested parties can apprehend the substitution. Values, values of all kinds can be made present, substituted and transacted. A transaction is not even attached to the ‘goods’ transacted, it’s the ability to make present or real, relationships between people. Social relations as deep, subtle and complex as this, can never be subsumed by mere financialization.
U Usership ...................................................................................................
V Value(s) ...................................................................................................
W Waste ...................................................................................................
(X) Love ...................................................................................................
Y Yield As a verb: giving in, giving way, bending to make space for incoming otherness. As a noun: gain, return, reward. These two aspects come together in transactions involving non-equivalent systems of value.
Z Zero Carbon ...................................................................................................



A Autoprogettazione (Cinzia), Aesthetic, Creativity, DIY, Making, Materials, Open Source, Production, Self-
B Barter BYO, Economy, Mutual, Peer-to-peer, Reciprocity, Swap, Transaction
C Currency (Neil F) Accumulation, Art, Commission, Distribution
C Community of Evaluation (Amy) Community, Ethics, Evaluation
D Desire (Cinzia), Difference, Interlocutor, Individual, Joy, Need, Personal, Play, Voice
E Economy (Angela) Betting, Branding, Capital, Enterprise, Exploitation, Exchange, Finance, Investment, Income, Margins, Money, Outsourcing, Profit, Speculation, Taxation (Offshore, Evasion)
F F(r)ee/F®ee Expenses, Fairness, Fee, Free, Funding, Grant, Job, Paid, Precarity, Salary/Stipend, System, Unpaid, Work, Worker
G Governance Bureaucracy, Control, Conflict, Consensus, Elite, Exclusion, Group, Hierarchy, Organisation, Power, State
H Hospitality (Amy), Food, Non-for-profit, Wellbeing
I Indebtedness Borrowing, Credit, Debt, Lending, Poverty, Want
J Join (Marsha), Collective, Collaboration, Participation, Together
Jig</font></b> (Karem)
K Know-how Knowledge, Skill, Information, Data
L Listening (Amy)
M Market Consumption, Consumerism, Emergence, Global, Local, Market Value, Product
N Network Social
O Offer (Cinzia), Care, Contribution, Donation, Giving, Gift, Generosity
P Public Access, Commons, Public Space, Public, Private Property
Q Quid pro quo (Sissu), Mutual, Peer-to-peer, Reciprocity
R Resources Conservation, Disposable, Ecology, Preservation, Recycling, Reuse, Repair, Resilience
S Stall Aesthetics, Attention, Auction, Buying, Client, Customer, Sharing, Sensibility, Specialization, Selling, Shonky
T Transacting Experience, Fraud, Ownership, Transaction, Bank
U Usership (Marsha), Use Value
V Value(s) System, Value, Valuating, Valuing, Value Added
W Waste (Sissu), Art, Sustainability, Wealth
(X) Love (Sissu), Friendship, Accountability, Gifting, Texting, Self-referentiality of language, Non-representational politics of exchange, Affectionate business model
Y Yield (Sissu), Gain, Growth
Z Zero Carbon

Alternative, Advertising, Action, Advocate
Conversation, Critical/critique, Charity, Choice
Education, Event, Equality
Gentrification
Image, Independence
J, Juice, Justice, Jostle
Labour, Law, Loss, Left
Morals, Mapping, Mediation
New, Neo-liberal
Outsider
(Private) Property, Public, Promise, Propaganda, Project, Politics, Possession, Protest
Quest, Question, Quality, Quantity, Quantitative, Questionable, Qualities
Right, Reflection, Ritual, Research
Solidarity, Support, Status, Service, Serving, Scarcity
Transacting, Touch, Theft, Time, Trade, Toolbox, Trust
Union
You, Yes


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