The Thorny Question of Art and Economy: A Conversation Piece

February 24th, 2020

This is a staged conversation to consider the thorny question of Artists and Business anew. Rather than harnessing ‘creativity’ as a driver of productivity and economic growth, what radically different tactics and vistas could artists and designers – whose work is intrinsically involved in navigating business and economics – open up?

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Image: FoAM

Circle: Claire FieldNancy Mauro-FludeKate Rich, & Guests: Esther Anatolitis, Sinsa MansellDr Megan Walch

Interventions: Hexis(T)sensual

Performance lecture: FoAM Earth

Against the sizzling backdrop of a growth economy whose credentials to maintain a habitable planet have unarguably failed, the discussion of alternatives are urgent. We are interested in the potential of artists – blessed/cursed as they are with rich repertoire of strategies for survival and livelihood – as marginal yet powerful avatars for rethinking what business and economics could mean.

What if we cease assessing our activities against prevailing norms and measures of economic ‘success’, but imagine them instead as nondeterministic prospects for living in their own right? What other fundamentally different ways of doing business could be possible? And if these were here all along – How to re/ignite them?

Our topics, tactics and trajectories range from business and administration as a site for actual politics, somatic literacy, wild imaginaries and meaningful action – to alternative economies, engaged autonomy, tactical strategies for the gender-technology relationship, conceptualising AI and bullshit, funding and divination, x and X.

This slithery philosophical filibuster and experiential scrum will serve as a satellite event to the Feral MBA, an experimental curriculum in business for/with artists, in Hobart over February and March 2020.


Presented by Feral MBA, Despoinas Media Coven and Favour Economy

Sponsored by means of the kind provision of space by 24 Carrot Gardens

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