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Marrickville School of Economics

The Marrickville School of Economics* is a creative accounting and artist-led curriculum for studying and developing new ways to do economy.

The School is free to attend and open to all and its syllabus will evolve in a manner that responds to the practical needs of the community.

It will function as a stink-tank for the forensic investigation of the systemic inadequacies of the current neoliberal economic model. Drawing on radical research and experimentation in other parts of the world, and empirical research from our own backyard, it will seek to enrich those with the desire to unfuck the economy, with the knowledge and skills to speak confidently about ideas to implement a new one.

ENROLLMENTS LINK HERE

Initial Preliminary Course outline

101 Fuck your Economy: An introduction

102 Value: How to do know if you got it

103 Carving up the Pie Chart (Culinary wisdom)

104 Entanglements and Intangibles (body based improv)

105 Rich White Men: Forensic ethnographic research

106 Trickle Down A/Effect (data visualisation)

107 Feast and Famine Economy (a boat building exercise)

108 Corporate Welfare – how to identify it

109 Mapping Capital Flow (hip hop workshop)

110 Ninja Economics (parkour combat workshop) 

You can find the current course outlines on the tumblr site (while we wait for our official site development)

If you are interested in attending/dropping in send an email with a brief introduction to Bek Conroy – bek@bekconroy.com

Internationals and long distance learning units catered for!

*The name of the school takes its geographic location as preemptive infamous moniker, very much in the spirit of the Chicago School, and the London School of Economics. Marrickville is a Local Government Area in New South Wales, Australia, with a high concentration of artists and creatives working in the small to medium sector.

Projects

Dating an Economist

[A series of performative dinner dates and audio recordings]

 

During 2015 Rebecca Conroy went on a series of dates with economic philosophers and finance dudes across North America and Europe and called it an art project. The result is a series of recorded conversations and thoughts on the subject of finance capitalism, power, intimacy, and the intangibility of how we create value. Part radio documentary, part experimental fiction, this work is ongoing and will appear finally as a four-part experimental audio documentary in 2016. First audio edition commissioned by Radio National (Creative Audio Unit) in June, 2016.

The intention of this work is to provoke and ponder the relationship between capital and the artists labouring body, different imaginings of currency, and to explore the poetry of finance algorithms and acts of self-determination for a possible post-capitalist future.

Follow the dates here

Listen to a radio interview about the project here

Hear the commissioned radio piece here

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Walking To The Laundromat

[Audio Walk]

 

Life can sometimes feel like a long laundry list that you struggle to get through. *Sigh. If this is you, doing the laundry can be a great opportunity to refocus on your core strengths and build resilience into your day.

Walking to the Laundromat is an audio walk that combines mindfulness practice with doing the laundry in an attempt to explain the interconnections between service economy, emotional capital, and affective labour from the perspective of the artists exceptional labouring body.

EVENT#1: Sunday May 1, 2016 at Washingdone Laundromat (209 Enmore rd. Enmore)

BYO 1 bag of dirty laundry as this is required in the piece.

You will need to download the track onto a hand held device, from the website www.walkinglab.org and also have your own headphones to participate.

Listen to audio here: https://soundcloud.com/rebecca-conroy-1/walking-to-the-laundromat

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[Walking to the Laundromat is an Audio Walk and Laundromat Service commissioned by Walking Lab. Concept and narrative by Rebecca Conroy, Sound design by Dan McHugh]

(Image credit:  Katie Weilbacher)

This walk is commissioned through Walking Lab by Performing Lines

Performing Lines: Innovations in walking and sensory research methodologies is an International research project with a goal to create a collaborative network and partnership between artists, arts organizations, activists, scholars and educators interested in walking, movement, and sensory knowledge.

http://walkinglab.org/

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Currency

[Expanded exhibition and publication]

2018

An expanded curatorial platform and publication that stages provocations and propositions for how we might reimagine economy.

  1. The laundry as an instrument for keeping things clean, smooth and removed, and aligned with the invisible hand of the market and its relationship to money laundering and informal economies.
  2. The fe/male/trans body as washing machine – as a circulatory vascular system accumulating toxins and flushing, cleansing, passing through – as threshold, as change agent, as behind the scenes mess hall, as front of house box office hygienist
  3. The laundromat’s historical relationship with migrant populations, foreign bodies, immigrant and illegal labour, and the transmutations and porosity of unclean and dirty bodies.
  4. The rise of alternative currencies bit coin etc and its correlation with speculative finance capitalism and affective labour/creative labour.
  5. The emergence of the share­-economy and the commodification of neighbourhood and the phenomena of place­-making, urban renewal and artist led gentrification.
  6. The rise of the creative worker as the ultimate poster child for neoliberalism marked by its characteristic flexible, precarious, and ephemeral labour to produce intangible capital.
  7. The laundromat as a trojan vessel to mimic existing economic models in order to occupy from the inside out in a viral form, and following permaculture theory, to reintroduce a species that disrupts a toxic cycle and brings equilibrium to the ecosystem; to re-­absorb/re-cycle the surplus/excess.
  8. Exploration of the excess of economy, following philosopher Georges Bataille and to extend his philosophy of General Economy into a making of new “economy” that preferences useless or excessive labour and production.

This exhibition is in development.

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Diagram of a Washing Machine

[Poster Print and Lecture]

An instructive lecture with diagram to explain creative economy using the deceptively humble washing machine.

This lecture takes as its starting point the figurative image of the washing machine to map the capital flows of the creative economy and the various ways that intangible goods and affective labour irrigate the broader economy. Conventionally a space of gendered domestic labour, the laundry is rendered invisible, private and marked by bodily functions and social hygiene. In this refiguring, the circulation of goods and services through the washing machine will be subject to a remaking and repurposing to imagine a future where value, surplus, and exchange are presented in radically different ways.

This lecture is accompanied by a diagrammatic poster of a washing machine which charts the capital flows and unique exchange values of the local creative economy.

This project is a collaboration with Upacita (Jakarta)

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Iron Lady

[Performative encounter and installation]

The Iron Lady is an artisanal business shirt ironing salon for temporary installation in close proximity to the finance district of a city. This artistic operation will seek to generate trade and exchange in a pop-off salon, using conversation and a unique shirt ironing service for the location’s finance workers. Simultaneously it will extract useful data related to how the world of finance ‘works’, and seek fugitive alliances with the art of economy and the economics of art.

The Iron Lady is one tough lady. She is not afraid of the big end of town. She knows what she is worth, and she can iron a mean business shirt in 7 minutes flat.

Creative Development: 30 Oct – 6 Nov

Presentation: 11 – 25 November

This work is a commision by PADA and presented by VitalStatistix (Adelaide)

Collaborators: Emma and Lucky Price.

http://vitalstatistix.com.au/projects/iron-lady/

 

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Money Laundering

[Experimental Economic Outfit]

2016 – 2018

Money Laundering is an experimental business incubator which will form the basis to a fully operational artist run laundromat in 2017. This part of the project-machine is magical in thinking and pragmatic in form, carefully plotting all the necessary thoughts, designs, connections, practices, ideas and people who will contribute to manifesting the Laundromat.

The focus of laundromat is to provide flexible paid employment for a creative worker during the in between times of the feast and famine of creative economy. This project is a response to the precarity of the artist labouring body, and as an experiment in ‘companion planting’ that enables the ordinary and extraordinary to cross fertilise.

The core business of the laundromat is to generate income for artists working in the gig-economy to be redistributed back into local economy and the pockets of artists . Only artists will be employed in its service. Its secondary concern is providing a washing and ironing service for the local community in which it is located. This work is not considered in contra-distinction, but as coextensive with much of creative labour that is necessary, ordinary, and physical. It is also an opportunity to practice mindfulness and to interact with community. Naturally, it also has plans to house a library and function as a gathering event-space for artists and their community.

Over the next 24 months the following things will take place in slow marination:

  1. The development and design of the artist led laundromat to be based in Sydney Australia.
  2. Meeting with owners of laundromats in Sydney to research the basic mechanics of managing a laundromat
  3. Location scouting for the right premises to establish the laundromat and appropriate building compliance research to ensue viability.
  4. Development of a business model and app that would enable the employment of artists based on a ‘feast and famine’ gig economy, which places the dynamic of creative labouring at the centre of the business plan.
  5. Exploring options for a residency for artists within a laundromat.
  6. Develop partnership strategies for an incubator economic model to develop the “business” as an open source prototype.

This project is being developed with three awesome ladiez in the bizz.

SANDY SAXON 

Sandy is an experienced administrator, grants manager, researcher and curator, with Masters degrees in fine arts and arts administration. For more than a decade, Sandy has worked with national arts organisations such as the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) within public programs, Performance Space, managing partnerships and fundraising, and at the Australia Council for the Arts,managing and evaluating grants programs. Currently Sandy is pursuing studies inSocial Impact at Swinburne University whilst working for the Multicultural Affairs & Social Cohesion division within the State Government’s Department of Premier & Cabinet. Sandy’s key area of expertise for Money Laundering is: research into philanthropic support; program and stakeholder management; and a deep working knowledge of the arts sector and the employment opportunities for arts practitioners.

SARAH CHISHOLM (Bird)

Sarah has worked in arts based community development and social enterprise for over 15 years. From working alongside newly arrived refugees in Wollongong on micro-enterprise fashion projects to managing Resource Recovery Australia, an award-winning national social enterprise creating work in the waste management industry for people with barriers to employment, she has learnt some things. The reason Bird is attracted to this project is ironic. While increasingly creating her living out of managing social enterprises, which create work for over 140 people, Bird continues to struggle to fulfil her personal dream of devoting serious time to making upcycled sculptures (think wearable xylophone and tonal bar art-fashion pieces), creating experimental music and slowly studying a range of skills to create beautiful things well, that may or may not say profound things. But these pursuits are not monetarily rewarded. And so the next “issue” Bird wants to crack is…. how do we create a more equitable environment for artists in our economy. Other roles include co-founding Green Connect Illawarra, a social enterprise that creates employment for newly arrived refugees in the resource recovery industries, and being a board member of The Social Outfit, a social enterprise that creates employment and training for new migrant communities, refugees and asylum seekers through the operation of an ethical and awesome fashion store. Sarah studied Fine Art, and has post graduate qualifications in social science and policy from UNSW, and social enterprise from the University of Sydney Business School.

JULIEANNE CAMPBELL (JC)

Julieanne is stimulated by strategy, community and better ways to do business. She has worked in media, the arts and NFP sector for over 25 years in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia. Alongside business partner Brian Keogh, Julieanne is one half of Cobalt59, a consultancy company that develops business systems and strategy for businesses, government and NFPs. She is General Manager at Urban Theatre Projects, Western Sydney’s most intrepid arts company, and Chair of Theatre Network NSW.

Project website here: http://moneylaunderingladiez.tumblr.com/