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The Artist’s Exceptional Labouring Body – MCA/Artbar

Sumugan Sivanesan and I performed a lecture of sorts as an experiment in the artist’s exceptional labouring body in 3D! As part of Artbar at the Museum of Contemporary Art July 29 curated by Wade Marynowsky.

The introductory text:

This event is a work in progress in the sense that the artist work is never done. These conceptual nuggets are paraded here as raw material, half baked and unfolding. In a state of becoming. In a state of human. And as a performative resistance to becoming human capital.

We will present a number of resonant statements. Accompanied by images. We will try to resist becoming human capital by drawing attention to the human capital.  This might be reminiscent of the ways in which one draws attention to their fears in order to diminish them.

For these purposes we want to draw attention to our artist fee, as singular coins encased in these two display jars in front here. Each jar contains 200 x one dollar coins.

Your participation can happen in several ways. You can shift this capital from one jar to the other, in a simple act of making capital flow. You can extract capital from this act if you feel you have expended time and have not been compensated in other more intangible forms either through your enjoyment or knowledge gained. And finally you can add to this capital by departing with some of your own capital into one of the jars, and in this way contribute to the further extension of these ideas by expanding the bank accounts of the presenting artists. 

You have been given an opportunity to bear witness to what will follow, and you will exert energy in participating, attempting to decode and reassemble in your own mind and inside your own exceptional body what takes place here.

Our focus here is on the artist’s exceptional labouring body. These are bodies we describe as excessive bodies, or bodies that both exceed the capture by capital, and at the same time are increasingly marinated in and absorbed by capital.

At various points as we labour through this presentation, we may inject moments of ourselves and our own personal experiences in the pursuit of this open autopsy of artistic process.

We have prepared some images, and we have prepared some devices for viewing these images. We have prepared some notes, but our intention tonight is to unfold these thoughts, not necessarily in the order they were conceived, and as other ideas occur to us—triggered by our corporeal presence here tonight in the presence of other exceptional bodies—we take pause and reflect where necessary, or where possible, we may interact as two bodies in dialogue.

 

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

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)

Projects

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/