Art Stage Singapore 2017 - Southeast Asia Forum: The Future of Art and Mone...
Art Stage Singapore 2017
Southeast Asia Forum
The Future of Art and Money
With Max Haiven and Suhail Malik
Date: Saturday, 14 January 2017
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Venue: Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre,
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F), 10 Bayfront Avenue
This session comprises two presentations, first by Max Haiven, followed by Suhail Malik. Questions will be saved for the discussion with both speakers after the second presentation.
Art after Money, Money after Art:
Radical Creative Strategies against Financialisation
Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media and Social Justice, Lakehead University
While we are accustomed to and comfortable with imagining money and art as opposites, the one beholden to the base and material, the other to the spiritual and the enlightened, this talk makes a strong case for bringing the two into critical proximity and watching the sparks fly. Capitalism has always relied upon art in various, historically specific ways. Today, under the order of “financialisation” (1973–present), where transnational financial flows have more power than ever, money and art are transforming one another in profound new ways.
To grasp this shift, this talk applies three terms for the analysis of contemporary art (conceptualism, dematerialisation and relationality) to the transformations of finance capital, and then three terms for the analysis of finance (speculation, securitisation and the derivative) to the field of contemporary art. It seeks to answer the question: what can radical art do in an age of financial totalitarianism?
Post-Globalisation or Post Neoliberalism?
The Case of the Art Market
Co-Director, MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths
The transnational art market presents an instructive test case for what will happen to globalised commerce and culture after the 2016 shocks of Brexit and Trump. These shocks signal the likelihood of a fundamental transformation to the neoliberal globalisation that has effectively shaped every region of the planet over the past forty years. The prospect now is of a period of increasing trade and capital barriers, and increased ethnonational border enforcement, all led from the North Atlantic. Combined, the result will be the demise of either globalisation or of neoliberalism as we have known them. Or of both together.
Though contemporary art and its market are minor elements in this phase shift of a global political economy, their commercial and cultural transnationalism represent among the best (or worst) of the neoliberal globalism that is now entering a terminal phase. The impending period of post-globalism and/or post-neoliberalism will significantly impact art’s crossborder market formations. And the impact extends beyond commercial considerations: more than any other agency, it is the transnational art market that has for some time given art significance — the period, precisely, of neoliberal globalism’s entrenchment. How then will post-neoliberalism and/or post-globalisation effect the construction of art’s significance at transnational scales?
About the Speakers
Max Haiven is a writer, educator and movement organiser and Canada Research Chair in Culture, Media, and Social Justice at Lakehead University in Northwest Ontario. He holds a PhD in English and Cultural Studies from McMaster University and an MA in Globalisation Studies from the same. He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University and five years teaching at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Primarily, Max’s research has focused on the financialisation of society and culture over the past forty years. He has published in journals including Social Text, Cultural Studies, Cultural Politics, Mediations, Radical History Review and Cultural Logic. He writes articles for both academic and general audiences and is the author of the books Crises of Imagination, Crises of Power: Capitalism, Creativity and the Commons, The Radical Imagination: Social Movement Research in the Age of Austerity (with Alex Khasnabish) and Cultures of Financialisation: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.
Suhail Malik is Co-Director of the MFA Fine Art, Goldsmiths, London, where he holds a Readership in Critical Studies, and was 2012–2015 Visiting Faculty at CCS Bard, New York City. Recent and forthcoming publications include, as author, On the Necessity of Art's Exit From Contemporary Art (2016, 2017) and “The Ontology of Finance” in Collapse 8: Casino Real (2014), and, as co-editor, Realism Materialism Art (2015), Genealogies of Speculation (2016), The Time-Complex. Postcontemporary (2016), a Special Issue of the journal Finance and Society on “Art and Finance” (2016), and The Flood of Rights (2017).
Date and Time
Marina Bay Sands, Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Level 3, Angsana Room (3E and 3F)
10 Bayfront Avenue