Yesterday I had the chance to participate and present my work on economics and its relevance on artistic practice in the context of the crisis @ DEAF Rotterdam. The session It’s the Economy, Stupid! was organized by LaAgencia and DARC, Aarhus University.
My presentation speculated on the possibilities of artistic intervention relating to the questions of value, exchange and social organization employing theories and concepts related to post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and economics. The discussion gravitated around the importance of representation for the support the rituals of economic value and exchange. Furthermore, I reflected upon the vocation of the artist, on the relevance of artistic research on economic issues, and on how artistic practice can occupy the social imaginary and re-articulate the desire that animates economic interaction. Finally, I described the constitution of subjectivity (artist or not) in the market through the rituals of consumption and work.
By the way the DEAF Festival is Great!