Summer of Change

Noah Fischer Summer of Change Performance

Performance series at the Wall Street Stock Exchange in collaboration with artist Jim Costanzo. Began Summer Solstice 2011, ended day 6 of Occupy Wall Street.

Distribution of 100 Greenback and Liberty Dollars: June 21

Distribution of 200 Kennedy Fifty-Cent Pieces: July 15th

Distribution of 400 Washington Quarters

Distribution of 1000 Roosevelt Dimes

Distribution of 2000 Jefferson Nickels

Distribution of 10,000 Lincoln Pennies: September 22nd

Contribution to Monuments Issue, October Magazine

The bronze public monuments built to cut through time as Shackleton’s Endurance was built to cut through arctic ice are arriving in our present moment as anachronistic vessels. Whether appropriate or not, they refuse to budge from public space. This crusty stubbornness clashes with today’s viral consensus production: we like, share, tweet, and post for news, public healing, and entertainment alike. All of these are forms of voting. Embedded into this constant voting culture is the assumption that all things, people, and phenomena must eventually conform to the law of public opinion with binary options, in this case: Preserve monuments! Tear them down! What about a healing process that moves beyond the binary?

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Financial Relief Sculptures

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In the artist’s studio there is a window.  It looks out across industrial Brooklyn rooftops (morphing into luxury housing towers) to lower Manhattan – the temple of global finance. After the river of fortune forked in 2008 dividing mega-rich from everyone else in a new stage of capitalism, artist Noah Fischer finally began to respond to the view. As a first response, he left his studio and raised his voice, joining protesters in the streets. As a second response he returned to the studio to engage in the quiet practice of visual equivalency echoing cave painter’s scratchings to understand and survive the threats and forces of the primeval world through empowered representations. Fischer has taken derivatives, personal indebtedness, and the strange history of money as muse: amassing a hoard of relief sculptures resembling oversized coins or credit cards.

While today’s digital currency is no more visible than a wind blowing open the doors of speculation and astronomical profits for the 1%, coins are living fossils from ancient economies.  They are physically rooted in the slowness of metallurgy and laborious design.  They are little sculptures- miniature classical artworks that used to depict godheads (guaranteeing their value) and still today are loaded with power symbols of the state. The financial relief sculptures are scaled up to substantial size, usually twenty-inch diameter rendered roughly from wood, wax, paint, plaster, found objects, and steel. They are generally displayed in pairs on graphic “backdrops” which are sewn together from fabric and recycled billboards. Their alter-like presentation is reminiscent of holy icons from medieval religious art-of a time when art’s impact spread beyond its formal qualities and market value.  And this work is indeed religious, professing a faith not in money, but in the spirit of artistic practice itself.  The work presents a belief that art constitutes its own currency system.  This collection is shown for the first time in the Treasure Room of the Interchurch Center.

Treasure Room Gallery, for hours call: 212-870-2200

Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Dr, New York, NY 10115

November 12, 2015 -January 4, 2016

 

Mask of Money at ZKM, “Global Activism” Exhibition

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“Mask of Money” an artwork/artifact from the 2011 Occupy Movement positioned on a pyramidal display structure was included in the exhibition, plus three videos.  In January an “Activist Summit” provided means to “unfreeze the frame” of the exhibition by holding an assembly which ended in an action to intervene in the curatorial text and exhibition walls.

Priests of Growth:

Value of Occupy

global aCtIVISm is dedicated to the field of artistic form of expression as politically inspired by actions, demonstrations and performances in the public sphere, which draw attention to socio-political grievances and call for changes to existing conditions. By means of objects, photographic, cinematographic, videographic and mass medial documents, the exhibition presents global activism as the first novel art form of the 21st century.

global aCtIVISm serves as prelude to the exhibition marathon “Globale”, scheduled to be held on the occasion of the 300-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe 2015.

Project Team: Peter Weibel and Andreas Beitin, Andrea Buddensieg, Dietrich Heissenbüttel, Sabiha Keyif, Elisabeth Klotz, Sarah Maske, Linnea Semmerling, Joulia Strauss, Tatiana Volkova, Philipp Ziegler

Artists
Adbusters Media Foundation, G.M.B. Akash, Anonymous News Germany, ATTAC, Martin Balluch, Zanny Begg, John Beieler, Bombily Group, Ángela Bonadies & Juan José Olavarría, Nadir Bouhmouch, Osman Bozkurt, Campact, Center for Artistic Activism, Chim↑Pom, Noam Chomsky, Ralf Christensen, Chto delat?, Paolo Cirio, Cyber Guerilla, Hassan Darsi, Johanna Domke & Marouan Omara, Electronic Disturbance Theater, Enmedio, Everyday Rebellion, Femen, Noah Fischer, Floating Lab Collective, Freedom of the Press Foundation, Muath Freij, Isabelle Fremeaux & John Jordan, Jakob Gautel & Jason Karaïndros, Greenpeace, Stéphane M. Grueso, Ed Hall, Hedonistische Internationale, Stéphane Hessel, Niklas Hoffmann, Jim Hubbard, Indymedia, Alexey Iorsh, Just do it (Kim Asendorf & Ole Fach), Amadou Kane Sy, Thomas Kilpper, Kiss my Ba, kreativerstrassenprotest.twoday.net, Mischa Kuball, Jan Jaap Kuiper & Katja Sokolova, Sasha Kurmaz, Christopher LaMarca, Mohammed Laouli, Lynn Lauterbach, Julia Leser & Clarissa Seidel, Let’s Do It!, Viktoria Lomasko, Renzo Martens, Masasit Mati, Mikaela, Mootiro Maps, Carlos Motta, Neozoon, No TAV, occupygezipics.tumblr.com, Otpor!, Partizaning, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Platform, Pussy Riot, R.E.P., Resist, Oliver Ressler, Mykola Ridnyi, Itamar Rose & Yossi Atia, Faten Rouissi, Sandra Schäfer, Bahia Shehab, Lisa Sperling & Florian Kläger, Jonas Staal & Metahaven, Stop the Traffik, Joulia Strauss & Moritz Mattern, Stuttgart 21-Protest, Jackie Sumell, Surveillance Camera Players, Tanya Sushenkova, Aaron Swartz & Taryn Simon, Take The Square, Pelin Tan, Teatro Valle Occupato,The International Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest, The Yes Men, Thomson & Craighead, Patricia Triki & Christine Bruckbauer, Troika, UK Uncut, Various authors organized by Sharon Hayes with Angela Beallor, Voina, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Mark Wallinger, WANGO, wearethe99percent.tumblr.com, WikiLeaks, Alexander Wolodarskij, Yomango, Malala Yousafzai, Salam Yousri and others

The exhibition global aCtIVISm is dedicated to the field of artistic form of expression as politically inspired by actions, demonstrations and performances in the public sphere, which draw attention to socio-political grievances and call for changes to existing conditions. By means of objects, photographic, cinematographic, videographic and mass medial documents, the exhibition presents global activism as the first novel art form of the 21st century.

global aCtIVISm serves as prelude to the exhibition marathon “Globale”, scheduled to be held on the occasion of the 300-year anniversary of the founding of the city of Karlsruhe 2015.

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Curator: Peter Weibel