Raqs Media Collective
Two parallel exhibitions presented at Stills in Edinburgh and CCA in Glasgow. Accompanied by film screenings, public forums and online debate, the project examines the heightened interest of art today in revealing the economy as an inescapable social truth. The artworks on show experiment with the imaginative documentation of social life to address issues ranging from climate change, labour conditions, sexuality, migration and the crisis of democracy to the quest for alternative futures.
A collaboration between Stills, CCA and the University of Edinburgh.
Curated by Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd
The Reading Room is curated by Harry Weeks
In the 21st century, does the economy provide the ground zero of our sense of self? And what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like? Presented at Stills in Edinburgh and CCA in Glasgow two parallel exhibitions make the core of ECONOMY. Accompanied by film screenings, public forums and online debate, the project examines the heightened interest of art today in revealing the economy as an inescapable social truth. The artworks on show experiment with the imaginative documentation of social life to address issues ranging from climate change, labour conditions, sexuality, migration and the crisis of democracy to the quest for alternative futures.
A programme of screenings, public forums, talks and performances will accompany the exhibition. In addition, ECONOMY includes two new residency-based commissions by Edinburgh-based photographer Owen Logan and the Austrian collective Wochenklausur. Throughout the month of February WochenKlausur’s project office will be set up in CCA’s Creative Lab. Having led an art practice of social engagement and inclusivity since the early 1990s, WochenKlausur will work with residents in Drumchapel as part of the work Participatory Economics.
ECONOMY is a curatorial project examining the outstanding and increasing visibility of economic relations and their impact on everything that we do or, indeed, are. Since the 1990s, capitalism as a global system has been mutating into an aggressive form of economic reductionism. At this moment in the history of capitalism, rampant economic oppression and a regime of crisis are transforming livelihoods and lives, yet also bringing forth an awareness about the necessity for struggle on all fronts. As a result, a new economic subject is displacing postmodernism’s celebrated cultural subject. But how and where does this take place exactly? Can it be observed in our everyday reality? And does the emergence of an economic subject indicate a new phase in the history of contemporary art?
Engaging theoretical reflection and contemporary artistic practice, ECONOMY intends to explore possible answers to these questions through public dialogue. As part of this effort, this website aspires to provide room for open debate and to facilitate the exchange of ideas amongst all those who feel connected to the art world as workers, users or viewers but who are also keen to understand the interaction between art and the broader transformation of production in the early 21st century.
What does economy mean to you? Visit the independent ECONOMY website to upload your own photographs to the Image Archive, contribute to the ongoing discussions and consult the material in the Reading Room:
David Aronowitsch & Hanna Heilborn, Ursula Biemann, Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Tracey Emin, Andrea Fraser, Claire Fontaine,Melanie Gilligan, Johan Grimonprez, Andreas Gursky, Kai Kaljo, Owen Logan, Rick Lowe, Angela Melitopoulos, Jenny Marketou, Dani Marti, Marge Monko, Tanja Ostojić, Anu Pennanen, Stéphane Querrec, Raqs Media Collective, Martha Rosler, Hito Steyerl, Mitra Tabrizian, WochenKlausur, Paolo Woods
Artists (Film Lounge)
Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler, Jeremy Deller & Mike Figgis, Marcelo Expósito & Nuria Vila, Christos Georgiou, Michael Glawogger, Yevginy Fiks Olga Kopenkina & Sasha Lerman, Francesco Jodice, Jesper Nordahl, Ernest Larsen & Sherry Millner, Maria Ruido, Yorgos Zois
CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow
Saturday 26 January - Sunday 23 March 2013 / Tuesday - Saturday / 11am - 6pm / FREE
Preview Friday 25 January
Supported by The Association of Art Historians / The Barry Amiel and Norman Melburn Trust / Creative Scotland / Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e. V. / Austrian Cultural Forum London / Goethe Institut Glasgow / Finnish Institut in London / Arts Council of Finland / Inigo / City of Edinburgh Council / Glasgow Life / The Nancie Massey Chartable Trust
Image: Mitra Tabrizian, City, London, 2008
Opening: 18 January, 6pm
23 Cockburn Street Edinburgh EH1 1BP
Hours: Monday–Sunday, 11–6pm.