Onomatopee: Unfold#3 -"The Economy is Spinning", curated by Kris Dittel. New commissions by Mercedes Azpilicueta (DAI, 2013), Monique Hendriksen (DAI, 2015) among others
Dear friends and colleagues,
We are excited to share with you Unfold#3, The Economy is Spinning, guest-curated by Kris Dittel in collaboration with the project space and art publisher Onomatopee, Eindhoven.
Opening 5 June 2016, 4PM
Exhibition continues 9 June - 17 July, 2016
Open Thursday - Sunday 1-5PM
With contributions by Mercedes Azpilicueta, Zachary Formwalt, Monique Hendriksen, Jan Hoeft, Hanne Lippard, Toril Johannessen, Robertas Narkus, Antonis Pittas and Nick Thurston
How does the economy speak to us? Does it speak through us? Sometimes its voice trembles with fear, and at other times it whispers with hope and sings in excitement about better days to come.
Economic jargon settles in to make things sound correct by making them sound familiar; it comes to our aid when troubles arise and comforts us with its reasonable-sounding justifications. Like religion, it gives hope and solace, soothes worry and anguish. The doctrine is everywhere, oozing out of academic studies and financial newspapers; ’efficiency’ has become the measure of the everyday, as ’cost-benefit analyses’ guide us to make decisions in the interests of the greatest possible returns.
This logic promises freedom in exchange for leaving things to take their own course: laissez faire, laissez passer. The ’invisible hand’ of the market should ensure that needs and wants are met without any outside intervention or regulation. Yet needs and wants are not governed by rational rules: the desire to have it all, to have it now and without limits, is a notion without end, with irrationality as its command.
The Economy is Spinning looks into various manifestations of the language of economics and finance, a language that permeates our vocabularies and builds the boundaries of our imaginations. With contributions by nine artists, the exhibition accentuates and exaggerates the absurdity of this language and of its underlying mechanisms.
Save the date:
Finissage with performances on 16th July, 2016.
An accompanying publication will be launched in September 2016.
Curated by Kris Dittel.