Transacting as Art, Design and Architecture (Book)

A Non-Commercial Market

A combination of practical and theoretical writing, this book chronicles the realization of #TransActing: A Market of Values, an international non-commercial popup market held at Chelsea College of Arts, coordinated by Critical Practice Research Cluster, a London-based network of artists, designers, curators and academics. 96 col. plates.


Marsha Bradfield rides the hyphen as an archivist-artist-curator-educator-researcher-writer. She variously explores the subject of interdependence and works with groups including Critical Practice, Precarious Workers Brigade and Incidental Unit (the third iteration of the Artist Placement Group). Marsha is based at the University of the Arts London where she is a practice-based researcher teaching across art and design.

Cinzia Cremona is an artist, researcher and Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University, Sydney in the multi departmental research group VISOR (Virtual and Interactive Simulations of Reality), where she is developing a 360 degrees video work. She experiments with the materiality of screens and remote intimacy in relational, networked, immersive, video and performance practices.

Amy McDonnell is a curator, researcher and environmental campaigner whose practice engages with contemporary themes of collectivity, collaborative exhibition making and political participation. Amy completed a Ph.D. at Chelsea College of Arts in 2017 in curation in which she trialled models of self-organization with different on and off line platforms between a group of artists in Cuba and the United Kingdom.

Eva Sajovic is a Slovene born artist photographer, living and working in London. Her focus is on socially engaged, participatory practice through which she explores the drivers of global displacement such as regeneration, poverty, trafficking, culture and climate change.


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

Transacting as Art, Design and Architecture's strength is the multi-vocal and comprehensive manner in which it approaches questions of market, marketplace and exchange. The book is also strengthened by the cacophony of voices that contribute to the imagining and enactment of a different kind of marketplace. In this sense, it is a tour de force, combining conceptual, practice and process-derived insights to offer an inspiring vision of being and living otherwise. 

Agnes Czajka, Senior Lecturer, Politics and International Studies, The Open University
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