ARCHIVES: Southampton Film Week 2014
Venue: John Hansard Gallery
Times: Tuesday to Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am to 4pm
Price: Free Admission
Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present
07 October 2014 - 22 November 2014
John Hansard Gallery and Chawton House Library
Show Me The Money: The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present poses the question, what does money really stand for, and how can ‘the market’ and the world of high finance be made visible? The exhibition charts how the financial world has been imagined in art, illustration, photography and other visual media over the last three centuries in Britain and the United States, and asks how artists have tussled with the intangible nature of money, from the South Sea Bubble of the eighteenth century to the global financial crisis of 2008.
Show Me the Money features works ranging from satirical eighteenth-century prints by William Hogarth, to newly commissioned pieces by a range of contemporary artists in an array of media: paintings, prints, photographs and videos.
Video based artworks in Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance 1700 to the Present
Schamdruck (the pressure of prudency)
UK premiere. Courtesy Galerie Tanja Wagner, Berlin
Berlin-based Ulf Aminde is fascinated by the metaphors and images that have been used to describe the financial markets. Set in a park in the middle of the towers of the banking district of Frankfurt, people fall to the ground as though struck by a deadly virus. The characters span the social spectrum, and might be thought to be emblematic of different groups who have been affected by the financial crisis.
All that is Solid Melts into Air
Courtesy the artist
Mark Boulos invites us to imagine how social mechanisms such as financial derivatives are able to shape individuals’ lives of whole communities, or nations. The work seems to oppose the heavy physical labour of industrial production in a particular site with the abstractions of financial speculation, where after its story becomes increasingly complicated.
Cornford & Cross
Financial graphs rendered into a fantasy mountain landscape
Single screen, video installation, 4 minute loop, aspect ratio 16:9
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Cornford & Cross commissioned the digital artist Massi San to use terrain-generating software for advertising and mainstream cinema, to fuse the abstract profile of financial graphs with the illusory space of computer generated imagery. The rise and fall of trade in the vertical scale of the graphs
emerges as steep gradients resembling rock faces, cliffs and ravines. The passage of time on the horizontal scale encompasses the historical period 2003-2013. From the US invasion of Iraq, through the Global Financial Crisis and the emergence of ‘online Whistleblowers’, the landscape embodies a decade of trauma, chaos and revolution. (Cornford and Cross, 2014)
2008 – 2014
Courtesy the artist
Unlike photographers who have captured ‘iconic’ moments, such as redundant staff exiting Lehman Brothers, McLaren has focused on the relatively mundane, day-to-day activities of City workers. They go about their business as though nothing had happened, or nothing had changed, despite the stream of revelations since 2008 about the business practices their employers had been encouraging or tolerating. Some of the images are gently surreal, others intimate, others simply capture ordinary people quietly going about their everyday
Photos & Footage: 2000-2014
Courtesy the artist
Immo Klink lives in the City of London, and has been photographing both the demographic diversity of the City’s workers for fifteen years, and financial centres worldwide during the same period. His street photography does not take an immediate ethical stance on the City’s diverse activities, but asks us to take part in his long-term survey of the types of people – social, ethnic, generational, and political – who occupy it as if it is a landscape.
John Hansard Gallery
University of Southampton