Booms and Busts

Date: May 18, 2014 Category:

Booms and Busts

‘Booms and Busts’ focuses squarely on the last decade of financial upheaval in global markets, addressing artworks that highlight and subvert some of the prevailing orthodoxies in contemporary financial discourse, from the taken-for-granted associations between market undulations and the sublime landscapes of the natural world, to the purposefully opaque jargon surrounding the derivative instruments implicated in the ‘credit crunch’, to the dominant ideology of ‘socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor’.

Matthew Cornford & David Cross, The Lost Horizon (detail), 2003. Computer-generated image: screensaver generated from financial data. First realised at the London School of Economics. Courtesy the artists.
Simon Roberts, Credit Crunch Lexicon, 2012. Installation in the exhibition Let This Be a Sign at Swiss Cottage Gallery, June 2012. Courtesy the artist.
Stephen McLaren, Moral Hazard (2008-13). Courtesy the artist.
Mark Boulos, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (2008) two channel video, 15m. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam.
Robin Bhattacharya, The RobinTM Currency (2008) courtesy of the artist.
Wolfgang Weileder, Cashpoint, 2008. Stainless steel, computer, cash dispensing mechanism. 60 x 40 x 60cm. Courtesy the artist.

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