Cultures of Economics is a three-part event series by the Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich with an art intervention by Karina Smigla-Bobinski.
7 May 2010 > Insights - Marvellous Markets
4 June 2010 > Shifting Perspectives - Economics in Spite of Ourselves
25 June 2010 > New Vistas - Desire to Win!
Location > Radialsystem V, Holzmarktstr. 33, Berlin
In light of the current financial crisis, it has become more urgent than ever before to change and improve the way we do business. Economic practice is also a form of cultural practice - and one of particular interest. How has the relationship between economics and culture evolved historically? How does economic practice function in other contemporary cultures? And most importantly, what kind of economic world can and should we strive for in the future? These are some of the questions which leading economists, scholars and cultural artists will discuss at the event series “Cultures of Economics” to be held on three days in May and June 2010.
> Conference languages > German and English (with simultaneous translation)
The artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski has developed a changing installation for each conference in the event series. Her work plays on the motif of “joss paper” which is burned at traditional Chinese ancestor worship ceremonies and New Year celebrations. Originally used as paper money, many people nowadays use joss paper to make life-size papier-mâché models of Western brand-name products. The artist has acquired copies of Western consumer goods from the Asian market and will present them here in a new context.
> Project website www.smigla-bobinski.com/kulturen-des-wirtschaftens
The film curator Florian Wüst will present three short film programmes, each of which is based on the theme of the corresponding conference. The programme, comprised of historical and contemporary experimental, documentary, advertising and corporate promotional films, contrasts the thematic content of the conferences from an analytical or artistic-ironic perspective. The film programmes blend both the past and present, and fiction and reality, as they examine the economic reconstruction of post-war Europe, the industrial automation processes of the 20th century, changing ethical standards among managers, global labour conditions and the vision of a carbon-free future.
Ticket hotline > +49 (0)30 - 288 788 588 or www.radialsystem.de
Information and contact > www.kulturen-des-wirtschaftens.de