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Transacting as Art, Design and Architecture

A Non-Commercial Market

An interdisciplinary anthology exploring alternatives to the principles of commercial markets that dominate contemporary life.

The essays in this volume apply an experimental ethos to collaborative cultural production. Expanding the fields of art, design, and architectural research, contributors provide critical reflection on collaborative practice-based research. The volume builds on a pop-up market hosted by the London-based arts cluster Critical Practice that sought to creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones. Assembled by lead editor Marsha Bradfield, the essays contextualize the event within London’s long history of marketplaces, offer reflections from the stallholders, and celebrate its value system, particularly its critique of econometrics. A glossary rounds off the text and opens up the publication as a resource.

256 pages | 96 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Editor’s Preface

Marsha Bradfield 


Malcolm Quinn

Introduction: Trading in Public Good

Marsha Bradfield, Cinzia Cremona and Verina Gfader 

Partial self-portrait of Critical Practice

Introduced by Marsha Bradfield

Taking Enzo to market: Open stalls

Neil Cummings (and Critical Practice) and Andreas Lang (and public works)

Stallholders’ reflections

Introduced by Amy McDonnell

Happy Anniversary Critical Practice

Marsha Bradfield 

TransActing as an iceberg

Kuba Szreder 

Remembering and forgetting in consumerism

Nicholas Temple

Techniques of aberrant extraction: Transacting surplus acts in an age of speculation

Emily Rosamond

A conversation on value with Andrea Phillips

Andrea Phillips and Verina Gfader

Minor Compositions: Notes towards a publishing resonance


Platforms and shelters:

A reflection on #TransActing: A Market of Values

Amy McDonnell and Eva Sajovic


Cinzia Cremona

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