[-empyre-] intro feral trade

Shu Lea Cheang shulea at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 17 16:43:05 AEST 2018

Dear Kate

thanks for joining us.

I have known your dedication to feral trade for some time, checking on 
the updated website, the goods travel like an underground rhizome 
network, do you ever have any encounters about the legality of the 
operation in its servive to the producers and the consumers? Are we all 

would also be great to hear more about the wild experiments in 'business 
on other terms'... how do we run a network with a 'business' model? I 
have wanted Mycelium Network Society to run like a KFC franchise model. 
(haha!! interpretation of the same recipe?)



On 16/06/18 18:02, kate rich wrote:
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> hi all
> pleased to be here. for the introduction - i am an artist, trader & 
> feral economist. since 2003 i have run feral trade, which is a grocery 
> business and platform for economic experiments, trading goods (coffee, 
> olive oil, other vitals) across mixed domains of art, social networks 
> and the commodity sphere. the notion of the 'feral' here encompasses a 
> creative approach to infrastructure and a scavenger's stance 
> (opportunistic, encounter-based, boundary-disregarding). in the case 
> of feral trade, this is deployed in the form of a grocery dealership 
> which taps the spare carrying capacity of existing social, cultural 
> and intellectual resources to run a robust but ad hoc underground 
> freight network https://feraltrade.org.
> in relation to this network thread, my interests centre on 
> persistence, alliance-making, and also on both scale-resistent & 
> scale-jumping processes. i am currently doing the groundwork to 
> establish the next 20-year project which is the feral MBA, a radically 
> reimagined business school where wild experiments in 'business on 
> other terms' might be cultivated.
> kate
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