Economics the Blockbuster: It’s Not Business as Usual
Type:Create and Media
The University of Manchester
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Exploring new ways of being, working and doing business.
How can artists reimagine and disrupt conventional ideas of value, ownership, trade and economy?
How might artists inspire us to practice our economic life more equitably, radically and sustainably?
Economics the Blockbuster presents a selection of extraordinary art projects that operate as real world economic systems. Together they propose new ways of ‘doing business’, driven by the needs and concerns of the communities in which they are created.
Economy includes many things, from the exchange of gifts to caring for others, building trust and sustaining the environment. It happens not only in factories, shops or offices, but in parks, on the streets and in museums. Building on the Whitworth’s on-going commitment to being a useful museum driven by a civic purpose, this project addresses economics as a social and financial set of relations that we all take part in.
From a community-led drinks company to an art collective reclaiming plantation land, the exhibition includes new artist commissions, merchandise with a purpose, business collaborations and a live programme.
Bringing together existing and new works, the exhibition draws on global strategies explored by artists and arts organisations including: Association de Arte Útil, Cercle d'Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC) and Renzo Martens, Company Drinks, Goldin+Senneby, Kathrin Böhm and Kuba Szreder (Centre for Plausible Economies), lumbung Kios, Owen Griffiths and Alessandra Saviotti, Rosalie Schweiker, The Alternative School of Economics and Tŷ Pawb.
Responding directly to the failures and limits of current systems, Economics the Blockbuster creates ideas for other ways of being.
Image: Members and regular pickers of Company Drinks, a community-driven drinks business, forage for hawthorn at Eastbrookend Country Park in Dagenham, East London/Essex. Photo courtesy of Company Drinks
This exhibition is free entry, no ticket is required.
|The Whitworth (30 June 2023 - 22 Oct 2023)|
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