MOURNING MONEY is three symposiums organized by UKK Organisation for Artists and Curators. The aim is to investigate questions around art and finance, as they relate to the role of the artist, the circulation of work and novel organizational forms in the field of art. We will be presenting in the second of three symposiums titled: OPERATIVE POWERS OF ART PRACTICE with Alexandra Pirici and Tirdad Zolghadr.
OPERATIVE POWERS OF ART PRACTICE considers the implications of control in relation to the operative powers of art practice. The symposium will discuss (post-)contemporary art practice as subject to arts financialization, asking what transitional role art may face. Reassessing the term ‘artistic agency’, we will ask what are the scales and implications necessary, to allow art to bend the means of control rather than causing it to block future potential. How may the artist step out of contemporary arts systemic agency, and, why and how to think this might be necessary? How could art as a practice influence the cultural financial sector, which it is currently both tokened by, supporting and upholding?