Hidden Economies: A Seminar On Economic Possibility [PDF]
Edited by: Bonnie Fortune, Lise Skou, Brett Bloom
Copenhagen, Denmark: Self-published, 2014
The Hidden Economies newspaper is published in conjunction with the seminar of the same name that happened October 22-24, 2014 at the The Royal Academy of Fine Art, Copenhagen, DK.
The paper includes the following articles:
Economic Meltdown, or what an iceberg can tell us about the economy by J.K. Gibson-Graham
Imagining Non-Work by Kathi Weeks
Artist Project: Capitalism, as we live it by Andrea Creutz
Solidarity Art Worlds by Caroline Woolard
Feminist initiative, foraging and figurations: Notes from a reading group by Johanna Kaaman and Åsa Ståhl
Circulation economics – An ecological image of man within an organic worldview by Stig Ingebrigtsen and Ove Jakobsen, Bodø Graduate School of Business
The Mealboxes Came a Calling by Zeenath Hasan
The Economics of Free by Andrea Francke
Monetizing the Crowds by Renée Ridgway
About the seminar:
Hidden Economies: A seminar on economic possibility raises a discussion about hidden economies–existing within, next to, beside, and around capitalism. The seminar is inspired by the work of feminist, economic geographers JK Gibson-Graham (Julie Graham and Katherine Gibson), who worked on several publications and projects that sought to destabilize the “monster” of a capitalist economy. Today, Katherine Gibson continues the work she and the late Julie Graham began with projects like Community Economies (co-founded in 2009) and the publication of Take Back the Economy: An Ethical Guide for Transforming Our Communities (2013, University of Minnesota Press).
Capitalist processes shape our daily experiences but do they define them? How and where are people creating economies that ignore the dominant economic system? How do these economies–shared, exchange based, micro-local, etc.–function and what do they look like? Are they temporary or are they sustainable?
The Hidden Economies seminar consisted of presentations and workshops from artists, activists, and scholars focused on issues of economy within their work. The seminar focused on how cultural work may contribute to shedding light on economic difference and articulating new economic realities. Central for this project is the idea that economies are always diverse and in the making.