Artist from… by peterfuchs
October 14, 2008, 7:06 pm
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An artist form Romania, 0 Euro artistic income (copyright: Andreja Kuluncic)

A Croatian artist, Andreja Kuluncic, made a series of public works in the bus-shelters of Frankfurt a Main in 2002 during the Manifesta 4 exhibition which portrays artist from various European countries (her fellow exhibitors in Manifesta 4), along with the average salary of the artist country of origin. We can also find out how much money the given artist is earning via his/her direct artistic conduct.

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The economic impact of art by peterfuchs
October 9, 2008, 2:39 pm
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BMW art car

BMW art car

One might wonder if the complex network of social interactions and creative production we call art needs to to be measured on how much impact it might take. The Americans for Art association survey, titled Arts & Economic Prosperity III: The Economic Impact of Nonprofit Arts and Culture Organizations and Their Audiences might contain pretty large figures, and sentences like:  “Nationally, the nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $166.2 billion in economic activity every year”, but these figures tell a little on their own about the real power and magnitude of this field. A convenient question might be, if how does these figures relate to the national GDP?

In the comming days, Gregory Sholette will visit to Budapest after his participation in the Iasi Biennial, and during his seminar in the Tranzit Free Scchool of Theory and Practice , he will give a detailed presentation of his concept of contemorary art, economy and the notion of gifting, titled: Interventionist Art, Dark Matter, and the Rise of Enterprise Culture.  The event will be fully covered in this research blog. Stay tuned for the posts in the weekend.

Riddle 1. by peterfuchs
October 8, 2008, 8:31 pm
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He was raised in a middle class family and  started his career as grocery shop assistant, – just to later become a prominent manufacturer. Founded anonymously dozens of cultural institutions, including libraries, universities, and donated his collection of contemporary art works to the public, which nowadays serves as of the most prominent national collection of our times, named after him.

Who was he?

More recommended readings by peterfuchs
October 6, 2008, 7:37 pm
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Some other texts I came by:
An excellent article by Ryan Griffis, the Gift(wrap)ing New Media (in an Authentic Chilkat Blanket) published in the Noema magazine. A very intelligent summary on the issues of networked culture, gift economy and contemporary art/activism, I would highly recommend to read it. Let me quote a small section of the text:

The problem, or rather my problem, is that this “gift economy” that exists in a fairly contained portion of a capital-based infrastructure is being rhetorically universalized. While I would usually respond, “What’s wrong with a universalized gift economy?”, it seems that this gift economy, though beneficial to many areas of independent research, production, and distribution, can also become a tool for marginalization and even suffocation of independent cultural forms.

I would also recommend to read the book Free Culture by Lawrence Lessing, it is available to download from the website. An interesting reading, indeed.

And again, if you missed the Subsol index arcicles, take your time and read trough some of them.

The Foundation for P2P Alternatives by peterfuchs
October 3, 2008, 7:49 pm
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I have stumbled upon this website – The Foundation for P2P Alternatives – during my research, maybe it might add something to the issue of gift-economy and peer-to-peer based exchange of intellectual properties.

The articles The Peer To Peer Manifesto: The Emergence of P2P Civilization and Political Economy and the P2P Economic Potential As An Alternative Production Approach are both interesting articles by Michel Bauwens, who is the co creator of the documentary movie Technocalyps, which I also recommend to watch if you manage to get a copy (torrent?).

The free culture game – by Molleindustria by peterfuchs
September 25, 2008, 6:22 am
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Free Culture Game

Free Culture Game

Free Culture Game offers a ludic metaphor for the battle between copyright encroachments and the free exchange of knowledge, ideas and art. A circular field represents The Common, where knowledge can be freely shared and created; your job is to maintain a healthy ecology of yellow idea-bubbles bouncing from person to person before they can be sucked into the dark outer ring representing the forces of The Market. (via

Molleindustria, the radical game developer group did a “playable theory” work, which like many of their other games, may be played for an infinite, (update:actually this might be won, yet I never could). This near infinity of the “theory” has its purpose, as the battle for free knowledge and the market has a long history, and will have a future indeed, I am sure. The “theory” is quite straightforward, and one might say, and rather pessimistic, as there is no escape from the diabolical circle of market-free economy of knowledge. Anyway, can’t say it better, then this software application does.

If you have not met with the groups works, check out their website for their art pieces like the McDonalds Videogame.

Art in the popular culture – Donating by peterfuchs
September 24, 2008, 8:17 pm
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An art donor, Iron Man

An art donor, Iron Man

Yesterday I had the chance to see the action hero flick Iron Man (2008), in which Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), the young prodigal son, who owns an entire weapon manufacture company, faces the dire consequences of his ignorance on who and why for is using his merchandise of death, and decides to undo all evil by himself. He dresses in a super-armor and making the world a better place  by eliminating the bad guys personally. Yet, in the beginning of the movie, Stark is portrayed as a flamboyant playboy and inventor with a wide selection of interest, who when asked if he resembles Leonardo Da Vinci, states that he is not painting, but “basically, yes“.

At the very moment Tony Stark realizes how awful the world is, and how much pain he caused with his business conduct, and even trough he got injured in his first mission to save earth, he summons his charming secretary and right hand Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and express his will to continue on to make the world a better place as a superhero:

Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts: Tony, you know that I would help you with anything, but I cannot help you if you’re going to start all this again.
Tony Stark: There is nothing except this. There’s no art opening, no charity, nothing to sign. There’s the next mission, and nothing else.
Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts: Is that so? Well, then I quit.
Tony Stark: You stood by my side all these years while I reaped the benefits of destruction. Now that I’m trying to protect the people I’ve put in harm’s way, you’re going to walk out?
Virginia ‘Pepper’ Potts: You’re going to kill yourself, Tony. I’m not going to be a part of it.
Tony Stark: I shouldn’t be alive… unless it was for a reason. I’m not crazy, Pepper. I just finally know what I have to do. And I know in my heart that it’s right.

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