Fiat - Experiments in Financial Semantics
Curated by: Brian T. McCarthy & Ernst Fischer
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 6-9pm
Exhibition: November 14 - December 2, 2011
List of artists (provisional):
Eric Scott Hunsader
Reading Room (after Rodchenko)
“I can make more generals, but horses cost money.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Art becomes interested in the code of money when money as we know it is in structural or systemic crisis. At the present moment, money’s functioning as a store of value is in question, and as its grip on the material world is loosening, its role as pure sign comes to the fore. For a brief time, it appears as a freely re-assignable means of social exchange. We are interested in artists that seize on such chances to reshape dominant systems of value and belief, people that understand the risk of this undertaking, and the productive possibilities of failure. Finance has become a central subject of critical metaphysics. We think it fertile to consider every economist an artist, and every artist an economist, and wish to both explore the financialization of high art and the art of high finance, as well as speculate as to what may lie outside this figure of eight.
The exhibits are fragments that aim to span a cognitive map across the gallery space, which becomes a place for creative inquiry. The heart of the exhibition will be a library of suggested readings in the spirit of Rodchenko’s worker’s club, chairs around a table and a samovar. We will organize talks and discussions with artists and economists alike.