Sunday, October 14, 2012

_gaia Studio 10th Anniversary Countdown: Wonder Women $: Money Money Money!


Recalling exactly when is difficult, but I have a good feeling that Wonder Women$: Money Money Money!, is the first time I noticed _gaia and the good they were doing for women artists. While I didn't get to see their show for WW$,  I saw a superfluous amount or promotional material , which was really well designed, I might add.


Money makes the world go around.  Time is money.  Money doesn’t grow on trees.  A penny saved is a penny earned. Money is the root of all evil.  Put your money where your mouth is.  Money to burn.  A penny for your thoughts.  A pretty penny.  Top dollar.  A buck and a dream.  A fool and his money are soon parted.  Easy come, easy go.  Buyer beware.  No money down.  Penny wise and pound foolish.  You have to be in it to win it.  Take the money and run.  Go for gold.  Your money or your life.  Beggars can’t be choosers. We make money, not art.  Cash for gold.  Can’t buy me love.  Money changes everything.  Right on the money.  Dirty money.  Funny money.  Money money money.

Money takes all forms in our world. Essential as it is to the day-to-day workings of our society, it is a complex and abstract thought object.  At its most basic, money is a unit of currency, to be traded for goods or services. In contrast to this, it can also be magical, mythical and imaginary.  Rather than the straightforward nature of currency, magical money is based on hopes, desires and fears.  For a dollar, you can buy the dream of winning the lottery. In return for a monthly premium, you get peace of mind.

But at what cost?  Our society encourages a culture of debt, even positing it as a patriotic duty in times of economic downturn.  For many, debt is a reality, not a choice.  What are the alternatives to this cycle of want and spend?  How do systems like bartering, microlending and resource sharing change our relationship to money?

In 2008 _gaia was pleased to present WW$: MoneyMoneyMoney!! The six-week residency brings together ten emerging artists to engage in discussions about their work, the economy, feminism, and personal relationships to money.




Wonder Women$ were:

Co-curators: Doris Caçoilo and Vandana Jain

Pollie Barden

Mary Button

Andrea Callard

Geraldine Juarez

Sarah Julig

Christina Kelly

Michelle Loughlin

Melissa MacAlpin

Holly Pitre

Hanna Von Goeler





See you later, INSTIGATOR.


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