Artists are vital to deconstructing how finance and economics have affected our collective imagination, and to reimagining alternatives. Artists have been monitoring, tracking and intervening in finance to provide new insights and potential escape routes. Moneylab#3 invites artists from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to present research, experiments and interventions in finance.
‘When Art Mirrors Marx’ presents a selection of artists that invert and disassemble the intrinsic value of art to re-imagine the scope of artistic production and distribution. This is both through physical and bodily actions such as consuming and digesting pages of ‘Das Kapital’ to auctioning of the bodily DNA data belonging to the artist. But also artist initiatives that short circuit and circumvent endemic characteristics of the 21st-century economy, from developing working contracts and common funds to secure assets. What happens when art imitates finance? Can artists’ investigations into finance create viable alternatives for the masses? How can practical working models for artists become scaled for the masses?