by Kuba Szreder and Kathrin Böhm
One of the simplest tools we have is a pencil. With a pencil we can redraw and reorganise the way people see things. The Centre for Plausible Economies (CPE) applies this way of thinking to reimagine and reshape economic systems, in contemporary art and beyond. In the public talk a curator and researcher Kuba Szreder will introduce the work of the CPE by discussing the visual essay Icebergian Economies of Contemporary Art, exhibited in the White Box of Zeppelin University. The workshop hosted by Kuba Szreder and Kathrin Böhm will provide an opportunity to map the everyday economies of contemporary art, visualising the diversity of economic systems that typically underpin artistic practice. The aim of the exercise is to nourish interdependent and community-based approaches to artistic economies.
The workshops will focus on the diverse economies of the collectives, projects and institutions, in which workshop participants are enmeshed. The redrawing exercises will move beyond the capitalocentric visions of economy, to map the diverse economies of contemporary art. The diagrams and images with encompass both symbolic and material values, monetary and non-monetary resources generated in artistic ecosystems. They will manifest the values engendered by the mapped initiatives, situating them in wider social context. The workshop participants will address the aftermath of the pandemic, the ongoing economic crisis and looming austerity, considering how to cope with its negative impact.
The number of participants for the workshop is limited! For registration, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org, please briefly describe your background and interest in the workshop | Deadline for registration: 18.11.2022
The Centre for Plausible Economies was established by Kathrin Böhm and Kuba Szreder in 2018. It is as an interdisciplinary research cluster, that facilitates artistic interventions in the everyday economies and scrutinises the economic underpinnings of contemporary art. Recognising the already existing but undervalued diversity of art and economy in general, we develop new tools to make this diversity visible, in order to reimagine and reorganise both. Currently CPE is involved in the major redrawing exercise commissioned by the Whitworth in Manchester, as part of their Economics!
The Blockbuster exhibition planned for the Summer of 2022.
Kathrin Böhm keeps calling herself an artist and considers herself local in Hackney and Höfen. Her work is operating in and outside of the art world, acting trans-locally to connect practices of change, and organising the real economy in order to take it back. Continuous interests in her work are the collective (re-)production of public space, trade as public realm & the everyday as a starting point for culture. She is a co-founder of the international artist initiative Myvillages, the art-led action group Keep it Complex - Make it Clear, art and architecture collective Public Works, and the Centre for Plausible Economies (CPE). She set up the Haystacks series in 2013, the arts enterprise Company Drinks in 2014, and together with Kuba Szreder the Centre for Plauisinle Economies in 2018. Kathrin is also a Professor for Art at the Business Management Department at Alanus University.
Kuba Szreder PhD is an assistant professor at the department of art theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Graduate of sociology at the Jagiellonian University (Krakow), he received PhD from the Loughborough University School of the Arts. He combines practice-based research with curating interdisciplinary projects, social engagement and artistic self-organisation. In 2009 he co-initiated Free / Slow University of Warsaw, with which he completed several inquiries into the political economy of contemporary artistic production, such as Joy Forever. Political Economy of Social Creativity (2011) and Art Factory. Division of labor and distribution of resources in the field of contemporary art in Poland (2014). In 2010 he started to cooperate with Critical Practice, a London-based research cluster, with which he conducted several research projects about the modes of being in public (2010-2011), and social values (2012-2016). In 2018 together with Kathrin Böhm he co-initiated the Centre for Plausible Economies, a research cluster devoted to reimagining artistic economies. In 2020 he co-established the Office for Postartistic Services, the aim of which is to employ artistic competences in support of progressive social movements. He is editor and author of several catalogues, books, readers, book chapters, articles and manifestos, in which he scrutunises the social, economic, and theoretical aspects of the expanded field of art. Current research interests include interdependent curating, new models of artistic institutions, postartistic theory and practice. In 2021 his book The ABC of the projectariat: living and working in a precarious art world was published by the Manchester University Press and the Whitworth.