Melanie Gilligan is an artist and writer based in London and New York. Gilligan has written for magazines and journals such as Texte zur Kunst, Mute, Artforum, and Grey Room. In 2008, Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini-drama, made specifically for internet viewing. Her most recent serial video works, Popular Unrest and Self-Capital, look at the current state of politics in the midst of capital’s ongoing crisis.
JUAN A. GAITAN, MELANIE GILLIGAN, ANTONIA HIRSCH, HADLEY + MAXWELL, CANDICE HOPKINS, OLAF NICOLAI, MONIKA SZEWCZYK, JAN VERWOERT
November 18–November 20, 2011
GreyChurch Collection & Project Space, 3092 Fraser Street, Vancouver
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
7pm: Antonia Hirsch
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
11am: Melanie Gilligan
1:30pm: Monika Szewczyk
3pm: Olaf Nicolai
4:30pm: Clint Burnham (Response)
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
11am: Juan Gaitán
1:30pm: Candice Hopkins
3pm: Jan Verwoert
4:30pm: Marina Roy (Response)
Clint Burnham and Marina Roy
Artspeak and Fillip present Intangible Economies, a three-day forum that broadens the notion of economy beyond its financial dimension. Initiated by Fillip Associate Editor Antonia Hirsch, the Intangible Economies series focuses on the multifarious forms of exchange fuelled by affect and desire and speculatively investigates the fundamental role these affective transactions play in modes of representation and, accordingly, in cultural production.
The premise of Intangible Economies is the assumption that personal relationships are produced by economic activity, and that conversely, affect, and in particular desire, generates economic transactions. In the wake of recent global financial crises, it seems critical to interrogate the notion of “value” in a broader sense. Intangible Economies seeks to tackle the difficult task of tracing the role of affect in economic exchanges relative to artistic production, while also enacting the unruly force of such transactions.
Intangible Economies was initially developed through a series of texts published in Fillip magazine over the past year and will culminate in a book anthology published as part of Fillip’s ongoing Folio Series in 2012.
The Intangible Economies forum is generously hosted by Jane Irwin and Ross Hill through the GreyChurch Collection & Project Space and made possible with support from the City of Vancouver and the Canada Council for the Arts. Additional support provided by Best Western Hotels.