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Exhibition: Primitive Accumulation

Friday May 27th-June 30th, 2011

Curated by Arne De Boever and Dan Davis

FOLD Gallery London is pleased to present a group show celebrating the first two years of http://www.PRIMITIVEACCUMULATION.com, an online collaboration between artist Dan Davis and literary critic and critical theorist Arne De Boever. Although the project initially recorded only work by its founders, it gradually began to include works by other artists as well, leading the process of accumulation to intensify until the point of its destruction. In the midst of an emergency situation that is both political and economic, Primitive Accumulation aims to stage a dialogue between artworks and texts that would empower audiences to not simply face up to the challenges of their times, but to generate works in response.

Primitive Accumulation was launched some time in the Fall of 2009 as a means to record the creative collaborations between artist Dan Davis and critic Arne De Boever, as well as a few of their friends. In the midst of an emergency situation that is both political and economic, the blog aims to stage a dialogue between images and texts that would empower viewers and readers to not simply face up to the challenges of their times, but to generate new works in response to them. Our philosophy is that crisis is not a problem, but should be embraced as the source of new aesthetic, ethical, and political possibilities. So far, the images on the site have ranged from scratchboard drawings, to pencil and India ink on paper, to digital images; the texts have addressed key questions in ethical and political thought from Ancient Greece to the present. Although initially, the blog will only record work by its founders, our aim is to include, little by little, works by other artists and writers so as to intensify the process of creative accumulation until the point of its destruction, when the blog will burst out of its frame and the virtual accumulation it has staged will take over reality. After this break has occurred, the works featured on Primitive Accumulation will be gathered for a show at a gallery in London, where a self-published book with images and texts from the site will be launched.

http://www.primitiveaccumulation.com/

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Event: Capitalism After the Crash: The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism

Capitalism After the Crash: The Rise and Fall of Neoliberalism
28 October 2010
ICA, London

The global financial meltdown of 2008 brought the world economy to its knees and destroyed three decades of neoliberal orthodoxy. The aftermath is still being felt today with the coalition government’s Comprehensive Spending Review on 20 October ushering in the “longest, deepest, sustained period of cuts to public services since World War II”, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.
But is the cuts agenda simply propping up a terminally listing economic model? Should the crash prompt us to reassess the viability of free market capitalism in tackling the complex dilemmas of the 21st century? And if so, what does a more equitable and sustainable economic system look like in the age of globalisation?
Paul Mason, Newsnight economics editor and author of Meltdown, is joined by writer and activist Jeremy Gilbert, Tony Greenham from The New Economic Foundation and Aditya Chakrabortty, economics leader writer for the Guardian, to debate the future of free market economics.

http://www.ica.org.uk/25945/Talks/Capitalism-After-the-Crash-the-Rise-and-Fall-of-Neoliberalism.html

Book:
Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed
by Paul Mason, 2010
A fully updated new edition of an acclaimed report on the global financial crisis.
Meltdown is a gripping account of the financial collapse that destroyed the West’s investment banks, brought the global economy to its knees, and undermined three decades of neoliberal orthodoxy. Covering the development of the crisis from the economic front line, Paul Mason explores the roots of the US and UK’s financial hubris, documenting the real-world causes and consequences from the Ford factory, to Wall Street, to the City of London. In this fully updated new edition, he recounts how the credit crunch became a full-blown financial crisis, and explores the impact of this development on capitalist ideology and politics.

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