In the 21st century, does the economy provide the ground zero of our sense of self? And what does this experience of a life dominated by economic relations feel or even look like? Presented at Stills in Edinburgh and CCA in Glasgow two parallel exhibitions make the core of ECONOMY. Accompanied by film screenings, public forums and online debate, the project examines the heightened interest of art today in revealing the economy as an inescapable social truth. The artworks on show experiment with the imaginative documentation of social life to address issues ranging from climate change, labour conditions, sexuality, migration and the crisis of democracy to the quest for alternative futures.
A programme of screenings, public forums, talks and performances will accompany the exhibition. In addition, ECONOMY includes two new residency-based commissions by Edinburgh-based photographer Owen Logan and the Austrian collective Wochenklausur. Throughout the month of February WochenKlausur’s project office will be set up in CCA’s Creative Lab. Having led an art practice of social engagement and inclusivity since the early 1990s, WochenKlausur will work with residents in Drumchapel as part of the work Participatory Economics.
What does economy mean to you? Visit the independent ECONOMY website to upload your own photographs to the Image Archive, contribute to the ongoing discussions and consult the material in the Reading Room: