[-empyre-] intro feral trade
kate at irational.org
Sun Jun 17 21:10:58 AEST 2018
hi Shu Lea
good question re. the legal - i get asked that one a lot. i did once get
raided by trading standards, the UK authority who have more powers than
the police, they went over my business operations with a steel comb. they
understood it was art and they didn't care about that, they were
particulary interested in the border areas between personal and commercial
goods that my grocery business is playing in. after a few weeks to think
about it they got back to me to report that they couldn't find any
regulations against feral trade activities: that it's a 'grey area'. so
that was a really successful research collaboration with state agents
which supplied in effect a trading standards-authored endorsement to carry
so as you mention, all the transactions in the network are published on
the website, which means i keep all national border crossings of sacks of
coffee beans and slices of cheese visibly within legal limits. so to
reflect the question back - why does this look illegal? why should a
hand-held, sociable, network-delivered trade in actually very innocuous
packaged groceries like olive oil and salt regularly trigger associations
with, specifically, organised crime? i'm super-interested in vernacular
approaches to infrastructure, and how we might in cases be over-compliant
or over-determining in an expectation that everyday activities such as
trade across distance would be legally out of our hands.
for the experiments in business, i'm excited to be kicking off that
research at the new centre for plausible economies in london in a week
from now, http://companydrinks.info/event/feral-business-research-network.
this is re-thinking notions of business with artists and outside a
capitalist frame. i'm particularly interested in non-model businesses -
experiments in business which do not scale or replicate but can travel,
cross-breed and transmit - & also in martin parker's idea of insurgent
entrepreneurship as a set of potentially transformative practices in
reorienting economy, for communities as well as individuals. in the long
run the project will be about collecting existing examples of 'outlier'
business practices by artists, as well as designing new experimental
business shapes that could fit a radically re-imagined economy. artists
are extremely good at playing with form in the area of content, i suggest
it is time we get our acts together with an equal attention to the
containers in which the art work takes place. that includes getting
eqaully creative with the often overlooked art materials of
administration, regulation, transactions, organisational form, etc.
which is where the feral MBA will be heading.
On Sun, 17 Jun 2018, Shu Lea Cheang wrote:
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> 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 happy?
> 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?)
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