To Use As a Capital

To Use As a Capital Installation View 1

To Use As a Cap­ital, One Night Only Gal­lery, Install­a­tion View, Photo: Jon Ben­jamin Tallerås

To Use As a Capital Installation View 2

To Use As a Cap­ital, One Night Only Gal­lery, Install­a­tion View, Photo: Jon Ben­jamin Tallerås

One Night Only Gallery/Kunstnarnes Hus (April 2014)

The most import­ant mis­sion that cap­ital has given to itself is expan­sion. The his­tory of cap­ital is char­ac­ter­ized by con­quer­ing one chapter after another of new phys­ical areas and spe­cies, sim­ul­tan­eously cap­tur­ing the human body and mind. Cap­ital is con­stantly aim­ing for the dis­cov­ery of new areas, tech­no­lo­gies and creatures for its expan­sion. This expand­ing is the only thing that keeps cap­ital alive and developing.

After the imma­ter­ial eco­nomy in a Post-Fordist soci­ety, artists and other act­ors of the art field have become the most effi­cient and well-suited oper­at­ors for cap­ital. In the present world cap­ital needs labor to con­nect mean­ings to sym­bols, sym­bols to events, events to mater­i­als and mater­i­als to mean­ings. The artist and the cur­ator are the per­fect char­ac­ters for this job. This puts them at the heart of the con­tem­por­ary cap­it­al­iz­ing process.

Here lies the para­dox of present artistic work. Free­dom and flex­ib­il­ity to con­nect mean­ings and shape the pub­lic image of one­self are no longer priv­ileges that put the artist and cur­ator in a pos­i­tion out­side reg­u­lar work. Instead it gives them more power and pos­sib­il­it­ies to cre­ate a counter-capitalizing pro­cess or, at the end, to occupy present capitalism.

Artists

Alma Heikkilä, Saara-Maria Kari­r­anta, Iain Griffin

Cur­ated and text writ­ten by

Jussi Koitela

 

Sup­por­ted by Nor­dic Cul­ture Point, Finnish-Norwegian Cul­ture Found­a­tion and The Brit­ish Council

Exhib­i­tion is part of the cur­at­orial pro­ject Skills of Economy

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