How Would An Artist Run Economy (Mis)Behave?

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6 Feb - 3 April 2017 Marrickville, AU

In this second iteration of the MSE we specifically focussed on how we would create an artist led economy. It began with a survey of all the various experiments that have taken place around the world, covering attempts by artists across the world and across the decades to carve out a particular artist-led model for adapting to economy. We will also collaborate on creating a glossary of new terms to wield as a weapon in reshaping the public discourse on art + labour + economy + value.

In this module we will explore, and attempt to collaboratively design, an artist led economy. Drawing from historical examples and contemporary experiments, we will survey the work of initiatives that have attempted to articulate how an artist economy behaves, from both a theoretical and practiced based approach. Our “assessment task” will be to build a new glossary of artist-led economic terms to describe what we do in our relational and production lives. Featuring Guest lectures by experts in social enterprise and traditional coop models, and the emerging platform cooperativism movement. This module runs for 8 weeks and features excursions and group work.

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