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01 Jun 2016

The Economy is Spinning at Onomatopee, Eindhoven

Graphic design by Bardhi Haliti

The Economy is Spinning


opening 5 June, 2016 4PM
exhibition continues: 9 June - 17 July, 2016
open Thursday - Sunday 1-5PM and by appointment
save the date: 16 July, 2016 finissage with performances

Kris Dittel
+31 (0)40 785 14 07

Onomatopee project space and publishing house
Willemstraat 27
5611HB Eindhoven

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With contributions by Mercedes Azpilicueta, Zachary Formwalt, Monique Hendriksen, Jan Hoeft, Hanne Lippard, Toril Johannessen, Robertas Narkus, Antonis Pittas and Nick Thurston.

Curated by Kris Dittel

How does the economy speak to us? Does it speak through us? Sometimes its voice trembles with fear, and at other times it whispers with hope and sings in excitement about better days to come.

Economic jargon settles in to make things sound correct by making them sound familiar; it comes to our aid when troubles arise and comforts us with its reasonable-sounding justifications. Like religion, it gives hope and solace, soothes worry and anguish. The doctrine is everywhere, oozing out of academic studies and financial newspapers; 'efficiency' has become the measure of the everyday, as 'cost-benefit analyses' guide us to make decisions in the interests of the greatest possible returns. This logic promises freedom in exchange for leaving things to take their own course: laissez faire, laissez passer.

The 'invisible hand' of the market should ensure that needs and wants are met without any outside intervention or regulation. Yet needs and wants are not governed by rational rules: the desire to have it all, to have it now and without limits, is a notion without end, with irrationality as its command.

The Economy is Spinning looks into various manifestations of the language of economics and finance, a language that permeates our vocabularies and builds the boundaries of our imaginations. With contributions by nine artists, the exhibition accentuates and exaggerates the absurdity of this language and of its underlying mechanisms.

An accompanying publication will be launched in September 2016.

Made possible thanks to the municipality of Eindhoven and the Mondriaan Fund.