Topic

financializing subjectivity into oblivion

Conversations

Conversations unleashed in July 2016

During May – September (2015) I trawled through North America and Yurope at a cracking pace to meet with a bunch of artists/thinkers/doers whose work intersected with economy. This July I will (finally) have an opportunity to digest and transcribe these interesting recorded and interesting conversations. So, watch this space. [Thanks to Jocelyn Hungerford for a residency space in the Blue Mountains to do this—muchos gracias]

Conversations include: Jess Dobkin (Artist Run Newsagency, Toronto) Steve Lambert (NY), Antonio Hirsch (Surplus Library) Marina Vishmidt (UK) Michelle Kasprzak (NL) Lise Soskolne (W.A.G.E – NYC) Haben und Brachen (Berlin) Jubilee (Amsterdam) Kate Rich (Feral Trade- Bristol) and more to come.

Projects

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

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.