Trading Post Events Thursday 12 December, 6.30-7.30pm and Saturday 14 December, 2- 4pm Library of Birmingham Thursday 12 December 2013, 6.30-7.30pm Matthew Raine will give a talk on Marxist Economics during which artist Faith Pearson will make a series of small sculptures available for exchange for ideas, comments and contributions from those attending. Matthew Raine is an active Unison member and member of the Socialist Worker Party. Faith Pearson, who proposed this event, is an artist based in Birmingham whose recent work explores ideas about potential use and value both practical and imaginative. The work she will produce during the talk alludes to the 1830′s Wood Theft Laws in Germany which stopped the traditional right of peasants from colleting dead wood on private land and led Karl Marx to develop his ideas around economics. Saturday 14 December, 2-3pm (Amended times) ESP member Meghan Allbright presents a conversations and performance. Artist Meghan Allbright will lead a discussion in which she welcomes all to ask and address some of the following questions and many more: Does labour equate to value? If so can creativity be assessed in the same way as labour? Can you intentionally be uncreative and how? How do we value creativity? How do we value on repetitive, unoriginal actions and thoughts? She will use a short text called ‘Uncreativity as a Creative Practice’ by Kenneth Goldsmith (poet and founding editor of UbuWeb) as a starting point for a discussion about the idea of ‘nutritionless’ language and the value in creativity. By ‘nutritionless’ language Meghan means the overlooked print in magazines, the small unbound novel of receipts in your purse/wallet and the sometimes unseen code that supports websites and whizzes you across the internet. All these forms of text deal with different language and settings, some are meant to be seen and others support systems. She asks: what happens when you re-appropriate this and why? What does it reveal about these systems when parts are extracted? And does merely drawing attention to something that did not succeed in doing this mean you have granted it value its it new form? Following this discussion Meghan will present a performance called ‘Fruitless’ that continues her consideration of value, consumption, labour and creativity.