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Edited by Jorella Andrews
Graphic design: Marit Münzberg.
Published with Goldsmiths, University of London.
published in July 2016
14,8 x 20 cm (softcover)
88 pages (5 b/w ill.)
Helge Mooshammer and Peter Mörtenböck analyze the networked spaces of global informal markets, the cultural frontiers of speculative investments, and recent urban protests, and discuss crucial shifts in the process of collective articulation within today's “crowd economy.”
Assemblies, gathering places, and agora-like situations have become popular sites for contemporary art. At the heart of these arenas is the search for new ways to counter the crisis-ridden experience of homo economicus—the pervasive and alienating marketization of all aspects of our lives. A great deal of hope is being placed on the potential of social formations enabled by new technologies of connectivity and exchange. Artists and cultural producers are at the forefront of testing the viability of transgressive actions such as coworking, crowdfunding, and open-source provisions. At the same time, it is apparent that global capitalism is expanding into multipolar constellations of top-down and bottom-up economic governance.
Helge Mooshammer is a doctorate and director of the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) research projects Other Markets (2010-2015) and Relational Architecture (2006-2009) at the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at Vienna University of Technology.
Peter Mörtenböck is Professor of Visual Culture at the Vienna University of Technology and visiting researcher at Goldsmiths College, University of London.