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THE ECONOMIC BODY
2016
1- 5-screen video

See:
filmloop1
filmloop 2


The Economic Body is a paraphrase of Francisco Goya’s painting from 1820-23
Fight with Cudgels

Goya may have been referencing an allegory referring to the Greek myth of Cadmus
and the dragon’s teeth: By the instructions of Athena, Cadmus sowed the dragon’s
teeth in the ground, from which there sprang a race of fierce armed men. By
throwing a stone among them, Cadmus caused them to fall upon one another until
only five survived.

The Economic Body is a 5 screen video installation: 4 men and 1 woman in suits
sunked into the swamp to their knees fighting each other with sticks.

The title of this work also bears a reference to “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam
Smith, 1776, in which he describes how all our actions stem from self-interest.
By doing so he brought to life “the economic man” that has dominated our thinking
ever since and “his” influence has spread from the market to how we shop, work
and love.

         
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