Saturday 26 January - Saturday 23 March 2013
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WORK SEX LIFE ENCLOSURES CRISIS SPECTRES EXODUS
Stills, Edinburgh | Saturday 19 January – Sunday 21 April 2013
Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Glasgow | Saturday 26 January – Saturday 23 March 2013: Closed Sundays and Mondays
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.
Guided by seven keywords, the curators have selected works by artists from across the globe including Tanja Ostojić (Germany/Serbia), The Raqs Media Collective (India), Martha Rosler (USA), Anu Pennanen (Finland), Marge Monko (Estonia), Hito Steyerl (Germany), Melanie Gilligan (Canada/UK/USA) and Dani Marti (Scotland).
A programme of screenings, public forums, talks and performances will accompany the exhibition. Throughout the month of February the artist collective 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.
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: www.economyexhibition.net
Exhibitions 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 | Jenny Marketou | Dani Marti | Angela Melitopoulos | Marge Monko | Tanja Ostojić | Anu Pennanen | Stéphane Querrec | Raqs Media Collective | Martha Rosler | Hito Steyerl | Mitra Tabrizian | WochenKlausur | Paolo Woods
Film Lounge Dario Azzellini & Oliver Ressler | Jeremy Deller & Mike Figgis | Marcelo Expósito & Nuria Vila | Yevginy Fiks, Olga Kopenkina & Sasha Lerman | Christos Georgiou | Michael Glawogger |Francesco Jodice | Ernest Larsen & Sherry Millner | Jesper Nordahl | Maria Ruido | Yorgos Zois
A collaboration between CCA, Stills and the University of Edinburgh
Curated by Angela Dimitrakaki and Kirsten Lloyd
ECONOMY is generously 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 | FRAME Finnish Fund for Art Exchange | Inigo | City of Edinburgh Council | Glasgow Life | The Nancie Massey Chartable Trust | Pro Helvetia | Scottish Contemporary Art Network
Friday 18 Jan / 1pm
Edinburgh College of Art
The director of the iconic Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) introduces recent and ongoing projects, including On Radical Ecology: A WeTube-o-theque (2011 to date) as part of the ECONOMY exhibitions. Following the lecture, the artist will be joined by the ECONOMY curators for a discussion with the audience.
Oil & Water: Resource, Environment, Conflict
Saturday 26 Jan / 1pm
A pioneer of contemporary art’s documentary turn, award-winning video essayist Ursula Biemann from Switzerland, and Edinburgh-based photographer, researcher and writer Owen Logan join an interdisciplinary panel to discuss the global environmental crisis, its connection with economic imperatives and art’s response.
Public Reading Group
Sex, Desire and Economic Subjects
Saturday 9 Feb / 1pm
Led by Vicky Horne (University of Edinburgh), the reading group provides a friendly environment for guided study of groundbreaking texts addressing the multiple connections between economy and sex. All welcome but early booking is essential. To book a place and find out about the texts, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Film Lounge / Middle Eastern Film Festival Screening
Francesco Jodice, Dubai_Citytellers (2010) 57’
Tuesday 19 Feb / 6pm
A shocking portrait of the Middle East’s key tourist destination and business city. Revealing the darkness of modern day slave labour that lies behind Dubai’s spectacular growth, Jodice’s documentary offers an incisive critique of ‘development’ as the motor of contemporary capitalism.
Part of the 2013 Middle Eastern Film Festival programme. See the Filmhouse website for further details
Film Premiere & Artist Talk
Staande! Debout! (2013) Anu Pennanen & Stéphane Querrec
Friday 22 Feb / 10.30am
Glasgow Film Theatre
The world premiere of Staande! Debout!, an imaginative and sensitive exploration of the forced obsolescence that capital has imposed on the skilled working class of Western Europe. Presented in collaboration with The GSA’s Friday Event programme and Glasgow Film Festival's Crossing the Line strand, a platform for daring and alternative approaches to cinema. Tickets are free and available on the day from the GFF box office at GFT.
Film Lounge Part 1
Work & Spectres
Thursday 28 Feb / 6pm
The curators will introduce the screening of selected films from the Film Lounge relating to the exhibition keywords Work and Spectres.
Socially Engaged Practice: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics or Economics?
Saturday 2 Mar / 1pm
Led by the renowned Vienna-based collective WochenKlausur, this event brings together artists, theorists, curators and activists to discuss one of contemporary art’s hottest and most widely debated trends: the rise of participatory art practices that seek to solve social problems – or are they economic ones? Early booking is highly recommended.
Artist Talk / Performance
Art & Economics Quarterly Forum
Tanja Ostojić, Dmytri Kleiner and Heath Bunting
Thursday 14 Mar / 7pm
Tanja Ostojić and Dmytri Kleiner from the Berlin-based collective Art & Economics together with special guest Bill Drummond present a talk about their work and auction a special edition of art bonds. The Art & Economics Quarterly Forum is a performative event incorporating rituals relating to art and political economy.
Friday 15 Mar / 1pm
Edinburgh College of Art
One of Europe’s most radical artists of the past decade, Tanja Ostojić discusses her projects concerning the sexualisation of borders and Europe as a post-socialist space. Following the lecture, the artist will be joined by the ECONOMY curators for a discussion with the audience.
Film Lounge Part 2
Crisis & Exodus
Thursday 21 Mar / 6pm
A screening event focusing on works which deal with the conspicuous issue of crisis – particularly the entanglement of economic crisis and a crisis of democracy – and the possibility of freedom from capitalism as an economy of oppression. Introduced by the curators.
The Art World Economy: Free Labour, Use Value and Mass Poverty
Friday 22 Mar / 1pm
The contemporary art world relies extensively upon free and underpaid labour. ‘Entrepreneurship’ has become the watchword as recent graduates move from voluntary position to internship while the vast majority of artists and entry-level arts professionals, including curators and educators, receive shockingly low recompense for their work – when, that is, they are not forced to ‘freelance’ and be ‘creative’ as public funding for the creation of jobs dwindles. This public debate addresses the ideological context and material impact of these tendencies, paying particular attention to the situation in Scotland.