cologne

“Ökonomien der Zeit”

Museum Ludwig, Cologne

Given that theorists like Michel Foucault, Fredric Jameson, Henri Lefebvre, and their followers have explained societal phenomena convincingly in spatial terms, an exhibition titled “Ökonomien der Zeit” (Economies of time) tends to stand out. Curators Astrid Wege and Hans-Chstian Dany have articulated the theme by contesting the so-called New Economy, in which timeis characterized by efficiency: As much work as possible must be completed in as short a time as possible; flexibility and mobility become the watchwords for success. Whoever thinks of time differently, as a social value for instance, or worse yet, anyone who wastes it, is leading a life that is potentially subversive. As one might expect given such a premise, this exhibition focused on artists incompatible with the market; it also included self-organized initiatives and independent publishing ventures.

Hamburg artists Jelka Plate

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