Skills of Economy Seminar and Art Event 2.-6.10.2013

Event for contemporary artistic and activistic reactions and ideas to economy.

Skills of Economy is a curatorial concept focused on contemporary artists’ actions towards the current economy and economic rhetorics. Economy and economic rhetorics fill up media space in the Western world. Economy has become the most important way of describing the world and measuring its progress. Skills of Economy is a project that researches and archives contemporary artistic reactions in this societal situation.

The Skills of Economy Event creates a flow of views from artists, curators, activists and theorists on current artistic production and different ideas on how mainstream and hegemonic economic thinking and reality can be challenged through artistic and activist practices. These ways can be roughly divided into symbolic and direct actions. Symbolic actions can create new representations of the visualization of economy or re-perform economic concepts, situations and habits. On the other hand, direct actions, such as time banking, may be giving form to local ways of organizing change. The effects of these actions are neither purely symbolic nor direct, instead they are in dialogue with economical rhetorics as well as with different realities and politics connected to these. The event highlights art and economy both as strong targets of politics and as media of politics.

Ravintolalaiva Wäiski
9.30 – 19.00
Hakaniemenranta 11, 00530 Helsinki

Kaiku Gallery
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
mon-fri 11–19, sat-sun 12–16
Kaikukatu 4, 00530

Skills of Economy Event is curated and organised by Jussi Koitela at the invitation of the Finnish Academy of FineArts/Dept of General Studies. Supported by Frame Visual Art Finland and INSTITUT FRANÇAIS Finland.


Seminar Presentations:

Jenna Sutela
New Degrees of Freedom

Ore.e Ref. (Eero Yli-Vakkuri and Jesse Sipola)
About Copper

Ruby van der Wekken
Take Back the Economy!

Société Réaliste (Jean-Baptiste Naudy)
Swindling Futurity

Syrago Tsiara
Value Revisited

Ville-Pekka Sorsa
Counter-performing economies?

Visible Solutions LLC
Overview of the Visible Solutions LLC’s practices and artwork–products.


Screenings: Kaiku Gallery, between to 1st and 6th of October.


Zachary Formwalt
unsupported transit, 2011
14 min 25 sec

Société Réaliste
The Fountainhead, 2010
111 min

Olivar Ressler
The Plundering, 2013
41 min

“Jesse Sipola, Seppä | Blacksmith” (Parallel Ads 2), 2011
Production: Eero Yli-Vakkuri (Ore.e Refineries)
Camera: Alexandre Riviello
08 min 6 sec

“Pneumatic Forging by Jesse Sipola”, 2011
Camera: Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Alexandre Riviello
Edit: Jesse Sipola
01 min 31 sec

Teemu Takatalo
The Gospel of the Enlightened Consumer, 2012
50 min