This book brings together contributions from visual artists, writers and theorists to rethink the way that the language of economics and finance influences our thought and modes of expression. Through artistic contributions, image essays and texts this book aims to manifest, across both art and theory, a poetic counter-language.
The Economy Is Spinning began as an exhibition project and public program aimed at exploring the language of economics and finance—a language that permeates our vocabularies and shapes our imagination. Contributions are by a group of nine international artists, writers and theorists including Mercedes Azpilicueta, Kris Dittel, Zachary Formwalt, Sara Giannini, Monique Hendriksen, Jan Hoeft, Sami Khatib, Hanne Lippard, Toril Johannessen, Robertas Narkus, Antonis Pittas, Nick Thurston, McKenzie Wark and Rafaela Dražic, who together consider the economy as a “performing body” revealing itself through the underlying mechanisms of language. The fully illustrated softcover reader presents images, essays and texts addressing how the language of economics and finance influences our thinking and expression. Kris Dittel is an independent curator and editor living and working in the Netherlands. She is associate curator at the Onomatopee project space in Eindhoven, an art book publisher, and member of the research duo The Translation Trip, who investigate translation as practice, philosophical notion and curatorial device.