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Artistic Bokeh, Société Réaliste & Georgios Papadopoulos: Too much money... / Opening: 27.2.2014

Artistic Bokeh, Société Réaliste & Georgios Papadopoulos: Too much money... Opening: 27.2.2014 19:00 - MuseumsQuartier quartier21: Artistic Bokeh Showroom. Exhibition running from 27.02 - 31.05.2014

Too much money...
installation and multi-layered artistic research project
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19:00 - 19:30 exhibition preview and welcome
- Introduction by Matthias Tarasiewicz
- Georgios Papadopoulos & Carsten Lisecki
- Film Screening: Art Accounts Deutsche Bank (2013) by Carsten Lisecki
- Discussion

until 22:00: Money Sounds Playlist, Money and Value Visuals.

The intervention of money in social life creates a new layer of meaning by ascribing prices on objects and relations. The re-organization of the society as a market, imposes the principles of efficiency, rationality and individualism on social relations, and alienates the fundamental social bonds. Only very few areas of social life can maintain a relative degree of autonomy from the alienating effects of money and market, with art being one of them.

Art is celebrated as a practice that does not need to conform to the mandates of market and money but as one that is rather able to construct alternative possibilities of participation in the socioeconomic field. In that sense art remains a privileged domain for reflecting on the conditions of social existence through new forms of representation and subjectification. This relationship between society and the arts is nonetheless mutual; it is not just the artist that can address or even transform the social field, but also she is shaped by society even before she stars to operate as an artist. The ability of the artist to intervene is compromised by her own reliance to the market not only for material support, but also for recognition. Art needs to be acknowledged by society and market not only to safeguard the necessary means for existence but also to affirm the social significance of its own practice.

The recent financial crisis and the consequent cuts in the cultural sector disclose the contradictions and the adversity of the socioeconomic environment, where artists have to survive. Such contradictions, remain hidden by the affluence of society and the recent speculative bubble that had also an impact on the art market. The recession that followed immediately after has pushed many artists, in conditions of poverty and depression. Such adverse economic conditions and the pressure they create give impetus to conservatism and conformism with the neoliberal ideology of 'economic efficiency'. Artistic practice requires more than before from the artists to be competitive, individualistic, and keeps them dependent on patronage, either from the state or from private organizations and collectors, reducing the autonomy of artistic production to an illusion, that only exacerbates the adverse post-fordist conditions of existence.

The installation Too much money... addresses this ambivalent relationship between art and the market, pointing to the the problematics of commodification, alienation and co-optation of creativity. The work by Société Réaliste, which was produced espescially for the installation, A Proposal for a New Alphabetical Order Based on the Experanto Writing System and Pegged on the Dollar Rates (Digital print, 2014) is an excellent comment on the ability of the market to create an order of meaning, hinting also at the similarities between market and money. The juxtaposition of this work with its object, i.e. with 4107 one-dollar-bills, is suggestive as it is subtle. The relationship between the artwork and the bills is multidirectional. Art creates money, both by representing it, but also by creating value through the actual value of the artwork, but also through the surplus value of art for other fields of economic activity. Conversely, money creates art by providing the very means of artistic production, but also by valorizing the artwork, effectively acknowledging it as art. Money is of critical importance both for the arts and for society at large, the only problem being that there is simultaneously not enough and too much money.

Artistic Bokeh
4107$, Artistic Bokeh. Performance and artistic research, 2014.

4107$, Artistic Bokeh, 2014.

Société Réaliste
A Proposal for a New Alphabetical Order Based on the Experanto Writing System and Pegged on the Euro Rates, Société Réaliste. Digital print, 2014.

A Proposal for a New Alphabetical Order Based on the Experanto Writing System and Pegged on the Euro Rates, Société Réaliste. Digital print, 2014.
The proposal for a New Alphabetical Order based on currency symbols is part of the project Typefaces that Société Réaliste has been pursuing since 2006. A set of characters that are commonly used to represent currencies are ordered in terms of their exchange rate against the Euro. A new arrangement of symbols has emerged, as arbitrary as the normal alphabets, but less familiar and possibly more appealing.

Georgios Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions.

Société Réaliste is a Parisian cooperative created by Ferenc Gróf and Jean-Baptiste Naudy in June 2004. It works with political design, experimental economy, territorial ergonomy and social engineering consulting. Polytechnic, it develops its production schemes through exhibitions, publications and conferences.

Artistic Bokeh is an initiative combining experimental documentation with artistic research and conceptual art practice. The Artistic Bokeh Showroom in MuseumsQuartier Vienna acts as connecting space to interlink the network of artists, researchers and theorists.


Societe Realiste: Empire, state, building. Through its title, empire, state, building primarily evokes the famous New York skyscraper, the “building/temple/work of art” that, ever since its completion in 1931, has been the mythological emblem of the United States and a source of artistic inspiration—from the 1933 movie, King Kong, to Andy Warhol’s 1964 silent film, Empire. At the same time, the use of punctuation generates a new perspective of meaning, highlighting the origin and functioning of power symbols, from empire through state to construction. How do buildings, public sculptures, and monuments express and perpetuate ideology? How do public spaces visualise the relation between the modern state and culture? Such questions are raised by Société Réaliste in its critical analysis of the connections between architecture and history, buildings, and political power. This exhibition project has been co-produced by Jeu de Paume (Paris, March-May 2011), Ludwig Muzeum (Budapest, April-August 2012) and MNAC (Bucharest, September-November 2012).
Georgios Papadopoulos: Notes Towards A Critique of Money. The analysis in Notes towards a critique of money highlights the functions of money both in the organization of the capitalist symbolic order and in the constitution of subjectivity in the market. Combining Lacanian psychoanalysis and Baudrillardian structuralism, the book creates a universe where price and sign are entangled, giving rise to the dominant organizing form of capitalism. The fantasmatic management of desire enforces this structural principle on the subjective level and encourages the libidinal investment in the dominant representations of social reality as they are produced by the combined principles of signification and economic valuation. Here, money signifies the particular content that hegemonizes the universal ideological construction of capitalism providing a particular and accessible meaning to economic value, which colours the very universality of the system of prices and accounts for its efficiency. Being conscious of the limitations of the theoretical analysis, the book employs along with rational arguments a series of artworks that are used both to illustrate the argument and to challenge the unconscious links between the market and the subject, as it is mediated by money and ideology. Notes towards a critique of money does not only aspire to raise a theoretical challenge against capital and to open up possibilities of emancipation, but to point towards a new aesthetic of political analysis.
Brett Scott: Heretic's Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money. Popular anger against the financial system has never been higher, yet the practical workings of the system remain opaque to many people. The Heretic's Guide to Global Finance aims to bridge the gap between protest slogans and practical proposals for reform.
Through the establishment of new creative cultures, enabled by digital media and global communication networks, new practices and ability profiles of artistic delineations and explorations are gaining new grounds. Furthermore, economic models are eager to create synergies with symbolic values of cultural and artistic programs to deal with the potentials of »creativity«. At the present day it is difficult to predict which catalysts and draft programs can be put into effect for these creative innovation processes. In this book a detailed review from international artists, theorists, researchers and curators will be given on new vectors of creative and artistic coded and cultures departed from digital media related art projects and observation models on the intersection of disciplines like Art, Science, Technology and Design.
contact and adresses
Artistic Bokeh Archive
Matthias Tarasiewicz
Wilhelminenstrasse 121
A-1160 Vienna, Austria
Artistic Bokeh Display
MQ MuseumsQuartier Wien
Museumsplatz 1
A-1070 Vienna, Austria
Artistic Bokeh Studio
c/o Artistic Technology Research
University of Applied Arts
Vordere Zollamtsstrasse 3
A-1030 Vienna, Austria
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