Is There a Way Out of Self-Exploitation?

After having served capital as agents for gentrification in all big cities, artists serve capital as agents and explorers for colonising the rest of the world. Artists are the expression and incarnation of western values like free individualism. They carry these values inherently, transporting and transferring them almost innocently. They are missionaries of capital often disguised as its opponents. In this sense, they are representatives of capital’s perversity. Read more...

Art and Money

Art and money are a volatile combination. Putting the two together immediately emphasises the tensions fuelling our contradictory attitudes towards art: we believe it musn’t be a commodity – indeed, one of the most common beliefs about art is that it trascends the commodity and is, in its purest forms, an argument against commodification. And on the other, every arts institution in the country exists because of art’s value as a commodity. Read more...

Evolution(s) of Ethics

This article addresses the evolution of ethics in dance, proposing that the post modern movement and its influences heralded the birth of an emerging dialogue that catapulted dance into the intellectual domain. For without a dialogue or a framed “mise-en scene”, the ethics are hard to pinpoint. Conversely, part of the strength and weakness of dance lies in its corporeality; for a long time, it had not found a language, and yet, its ongoing presence ensured an existence of peripheral enquiry. The birth of ethics in dance lay in its success in developing a language around its corporeality, and its ongoing concerns continue be gleaned from the ever- evolving dialogue both personally and collectively, from current cultural and political movements. Read more...