Reading Workshop. Art & Economics. Ground School. Mandag den 16.11, 30.11, 14.12, 11.01, 25.01 kl. 15-18

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Reading Workshop. Art & Economics with Dr. Jamie Stapleton

Mondays – 16.11, 30.11, 14.12, 11.01, 25.01 kl. 15-18

Those attending this programme do not require prior knowledge of economics. The

aim of programme is to explore economic concepts from the perspective of

contemporary, and historical, artistic and cultural practices.

The material is covered more or less chronologically, moving from the 15th

century to the present. However, the various intersections of art and economics

examined have been chosen because each historical era witnessed the development of

concepts that continue to structure the field of contemporary art.

Through an examination of art practice in particular eras, students will develop an

understanding of practical economic issues such as:

  • accounting,
  • organisational budgets,
  • taxation,
  • national debt and current account deficits,

as well as more theoretical issues such as:

  • capital accumulation,
  • the ‘laws’ of supply and demand,
  • wealth distribution and redistribution (inequality and equality),
  • and micro and macro economics.

More generally students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the

‘state’ and ‘markets’ (whether ‘free’, ‘regulated’ or ‘non-market’) and how those

relationships are constructed by ideology and how practice constructs ideologies.

At a deeper level, students will gain an understanding of complex concepts, such as

‘profit’. For example, what is:

  • the cultural history of the concept of profit;
  • what relation does the concept of profit have with formal logic;
  • how was the concept of profit changed by industrialisation;
  • how has profit been regulated under different ‘varieties of capitalism’, under

communist regimes, and how is it conceived in anarchist theory;

  • how is profit subject to different cultural, social and political regimes?

That deeper understanding presses on very contemporary questions. Does ‘profit’

condition the norms of social systems, or do social and cultural norms condition the

concept of profit and actual profits from market transactions?

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