Event for contemporary artistic and activistic reactions and ideas to economy
Seminar Ravitolalaiva Wäiski 3.10.2013
Skills of Economy Screenings 2.10.-6.10.2013 Finnish Academy of Fine Arts / Kaiku Gallery.
Skills of Economy is a curatorial concept focused on contemporary artists’ actions towards the current economy and economic rhetorics. Economy and economic rhetorics fill up media space in the Western world. Economy has become the most important way of describing the world and measuring its progress. Skills of Economy is a project that researches and archives contemporary artistic reactions in this societal situation.
The Skills of Economy Event creates a flow of views from artists, curators, activists and theorists on current artistic production and different ideas on how mainstream and hegemonic economic thinking and reality can be challenged through artistic and activist practices. These ways can be roughly divided into symbolic and direct actions. Symbolic actions can create new representations of the visualization of economy or re-perform economic concepts, situations and habits. On the other hand, direct actions, such as time banking, may be giving form to local ways of organizing change. The effects of these actions are neither purely symbolic nor direct, instead they are in dialogue with economical rhetorics as well as with different realities and politics connected to these. The event highlights art and economy both as strong targets of politics and as media of politics.
Jenna Sutela, Oliver Ressler, Ore.e Ref. (Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Jesse Sipola), Ruby van der Wekken, Société Réaliste, Syrago Tsiara, Teemu Takatalo, Ville-Pekka Sorsa, Visible Solutions LLC, Zachary Formwalt
Skills of Economy event is curated and organised by Jussi Koitela at the invitation of the Academy of FineArts/Dept of General Studies. Supported by Frame Visual Art Finland and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS Finland