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Art after Money, Money after Art

Art after Money, Money after Art

Max Haiven


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We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but this myth actually reproduces a violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives.

From the chaos unleashed by the 'imaginary' money in financial markets to the new forms of exploitation enabled by the 'creative economy' to the way art has become the plaything of the world's plutocrats, our era of financialization demands we question our romantic assumptions about art and money. By exploring the way contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Haiven identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today.

Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.
'Daring, brilliant, provocative. At last a radical critique of the crypto-approach and an abolitionist approach to the problem of money and art'
Franco Berardi, Philosopher, author of Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility (Verso, 2017)
'Perhaps the most theoretically creative radical thinker of the moment'
– David Graeber, author of Debt: The First 5000 Years (Melville House, 2014)

Table of Contents

Section Title Page Action Price
Cover Cover
Contents v
Figures vii
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1
1. 3.5 Artistic Strategies to Envision Money's Mediation 29
2. 6 Artists x 2 Crises x 3 Orders of Reproduction 64
3. 0 Participation: Benign Pessimism, Tactical Parasitics and the Encrypted Common 111
4. ∞ Encryption: Art's Crypt, Securitization in Numbers, Derivative Socialities 154
Conclusion: Toward Abolitionist Horizons 213
Notes 228
Subject Index 269
Name Index 275