Still from Popular Unrest
Monday, April 28, 19h, 2014 at KHiB, 8th floor, C.Sundtsgaten 53
Since the economic crisis began in 2008, artist Melanie Gilligan has created three narrative episodic video works, Crisis in the Credit System, Self-Capital and Popular Unrest which reflect on the economics and politics of capital’s current ongoing crisis. Gilligan’s talk will focus on the third of these three works, Popular Unrest, and will center around its particular perspective on the present.
Melanie Gilligan is an artist and writer based in London and New York. Gilligan has written for magazines and journals such as Texte zur Kunst, Mute, Artforum, and Grey Room. In 2008, Gilligan released Crisis in the Credit System, a four-part fictional mini-drama, made specifically for internet viewing. Popular Unrest, is a multi-episode drama set in a future much like the present. Here, however, all exchange transactions and social interactions are overseen by a system called ‘the Spirit’. A rash of unexplained killings have broken out across the globe. They often take place in public but witnesses never see an assailant. Just as mysteriously, groups of unrelated people are suddenly coming together everywhere, amassing new members rapidly. Unaccountably, they feel a deep and persistent sense of connection to one another.
The lecture will be followed by soup and discussions.
The video-works of Melanie Gilligan is online here: