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SYMPOSIUM ALONG EXCHANGE & TRANSFORM


vrijeme: 15.6.2002. - 16.6.2002.
mjesto: Kunstverein Muenchen, Galeriestrasse 4
organizator: Kunstverien Muenchen, Galeriestrasse 4

Izložba i simpozij "Exchange & transform (Arbeitstitel)" - PRPGRAM Samstag / Saturday 15.00 Beginn Gang durch die Ausstellung "Exchange & transform (Arbeitstitel)" mit / Introduction to the exhibition by Sřren Grammel, Maria Lind und Katharina Schlieben. 16.00-19.00 Erstes Panel / First Panel "Die Kunst und der Entrepreneurial Spirit / Art and the Entrepreneurial spirit" Ulf Wuggenig + Wolfgang Ullrich + Diskussion 20.00 Videoscreening Sonntag / Sunday 11.00-14.00 Zweites Panel / Second Panel "Flexibilisierte Arbeit und anarchistische Manager / Flexible work and anarchist managers" Dr. Angela Schmidt + Ulrich Bröckling + Diskussion 14.00-15.00 Pause / Lunchbreak 15.00-18.00 Abschlußpanel / Final Panel "Das Dispositiv der New Economy und dessen nachhaltige Auswirkungen auf die Gesellschaftsstruktur / The dispositive of the new economy and its long term effects on the structure of society" Alexander Meschnig + Gabriele Fischer + Diskussion
About: It is said of capitalism that it has entered a new phase. The crucial factor is no longer the possession of the means of industrial production, but rather the exchange of and the access to, information. The production of communication and, above all, the establishment of systems and networks which make this communicative exchange possible, have become the focus of interest. Who profits from these exchange processes? Does IT, this over-hyped win-win situation, really exist? Is it true that a society borne by a network of the most flexible producers is a winner? Or does such a society increase the amount of quietly condoned social inequalities, exclusions and (self) exploitations? Artists are celebrated as the renewers of communicative structures and as specialists in image politics. Art, one could say, becomes capital in an economic competition that is increasingly orientated towards communication and gains through symbolic images. Are these views plausible? Is a chance being offered here to enlarge the scope of artistic action or is this simply an ideologically distorted depiction of the unchanged and one-sided dependency of art on the economy. This new form of capitalism is called łweightless˛. Capital circulates in realtime via an invisible worldwide net. Values rise and fall on the basis of promises, hopes and fears, without, so it seems, ever coming into contact with the productive side of reality. Industrial production is increasingly becoming reduced to a shadowy existence. The social changes that cause the reorganization of the economy remain invisible. How can we unmask them? Are these changes entirely negative? How should we evaluate the proliferation of niche economies and black markets that have sprung up in the shadow of global capital flow? Are these coerced forms of exploitation, or can they be considered parallel economies representing an alternative to the dominant economic order? The conference in the Kunverein München is bringing together participants from diverse disciplines. An attempt is to be undertaken to describe such economic, social and cultural transformations. At the same time, the means of tackling the analysis and criticism of the existing conditions will be examined. The predominant economic and social order portrays itself as being one to which there is no real alternative. To refute this, the conference at the Kunstverein München will address issues beyond the description, analysis and criticism of the present condition, in order to galvanize the search for possible alternatives to the existing order. Jan Verwort