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When I saw a public call for stallholders at #TransActing: A Market of Values by Critical Practice, I thought it looked like a very unusual event. It wasn’t an art fair, nor an exhibition, it wasn’t a normal market either. A new concept of re-evaluating, transacting, exchanging, and giving sounded like something I’d love to engage with.

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You can read about the thrill of being chosen to participate at TransActing in my previous blog here.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Joey O’Gorman, Research Affiliate, MA Art and Science at CSM, UAL. Joey introduced me to a social scientist, geographer Richard Bater with whom I collaborated during the #TransActing: A Market of Values event. Richard’s work focuses on (as he described it) “research and the intersection of scientific (watery) knowledge and artistic interventions, so he very much approaches water less from a natural scientific perspective than from a shape-shifting transdisciplinarian one (undergirded by anthropology)”. Compared to Richard’s, my interest lies in rivers and water more from an angle of sculpting, art, and physical geography. I find movements of sediments, fluvial forms and processes inspiring and fascinating. I look at them as a metaphor to artist sculpting, building objects. (Question of conscious sculpting and process comes up at this point).

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Our stall named The Rivers Project was painted white and The Flowing Roots sculpture grew right through it. The aim for this one-day collaboration between Richard and I was to create discussions about rivers, water, and ecology. We traded water for words into our Water Word Harvest. We asked two questions. What does water mean to you? Do you have your own nature, a place where you go to relax outdoors? Thank you to all people who engaged with our stall! Thank you for the debates and chats. They were indeed very inspiring, interesting, and useful.

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What’s next for The Rivers Projects? Richard and I will work together again and I’m beginning to write a dissertation, which will be drip-fed by the Water Word Harvest, critical thinking, evaluation, and partly by amazing River Thames cartoons by John Leech (1817–1864), who was an English caricaturist and illustrator. Check out this amazing piece on Wikipedia.

I have one regret looking back at the event. 60+ amazing stallholders had lots to offer and engage with. We were in our water-bubble all day and didn’t have enough time to speak to all the others. Just look at the variety of projects on the day here.

TransActing happened on Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5 pm, at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. Thank you to Critical Practice, who organized it! Check out this photo to see the stalls on the day from high above.

I’ve applied for a number of events, competitions, and a residency this summer and one set of good news came through. I’ll be taking part in #TransActing: Market of Values event, on Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5pm, at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.

This is a description of the event taken from Critical Practice website, who organised the event.

“This bustling pop-up market will feature artists, designers, publishers, civil-society groups, academics, ecologists, activists and others who creatively explore existing structures of evaluation and actively produce new ones. Organised by Critical Practice, #TransActing will take place on the historic Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts. The Market will showcase skillshares, freegan cafes, an auction, a blood donation bank, expert and enthusiast knowledge, an estate agent and other resources. Diverse forms of value production will animate economies beyond the financial.
Care, trust, creativity and generosity are forms of exchange that coexist with money but cannot be made equivalent to pounds and pence. It’s wealth beyond capital that will be produced at #TransActing.”

Image credit: Critical Practice, PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

Image credit: Critical Practice.  PARADE, a previous project by Critical Practice, Chelsea College of Arts, London, 2010

I’ll have a stall which will be designed for the event. I’ll present my sculptural installation ‘Flowing Roots’ and will engage in discussions about WATER, about the amazing processes that happen in fluvial systems, and much more. I’m in a process of inviting a scientist / hydrologist / geomorphologist / PhD student in related fields to accompany me during the event to contribute to the discussions and potentially collaborate with me in the future. If you know anyone or you’d like to express your interest to join me, please email me on silviakrupinska@gmail.com.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at #TransActing. Come for a chat and tell me what will you be doing this summer. See you!

#TransActing: Market of Values

Saturday July 11, 2015, 12 – 5pm 

at Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground, located between Tate Britain and Chelsea College of Arts.

Tube: Pimlico

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