[spectre] cash and - the media art center of 21C
r at raakvlak.net
Sun Sep 11 15:57:59 CEST 2005
From: John Hopkins
> isn't the market and economic funding models just one (dominant) model
> of how certain societies construct social relation and meaning? Is it
> true that there are no other ways of constellating (social)
> relationship in our lives that don't consider CASH? I can't accept
> this statement seriously, unless I become hopelessly cynical.
john, even though i never used the word cash, i'll try to formulate a
reply that will hopefully not add to your becoming cynical.
for all intends and purposes, yes, life is possible without a monetary
system and even within the dominant monetary economy lots of expenses
and rewards can be described that do not involve cash transactions.
whenever i mention market or funding, that does not in any way limit
itself to cash only transactions - so your assumption seems a bit odd
in the context of this discussion.
what i was trying to get at is, to parafrase your question; Is it true
that there are no other ways of constellating (social) relationship in
our lives that don't automatically assume government support as the
with my second point being that any (re-)definition of a media-art
centre without consideration for (long-term) financial sustainability -
yes i am talking money here - is much like learning how to swim by
writing a book about it.
there is very little point in talking about what the function of any
new media-art centre should be if we refuse to acknowledge part of the
equation of the "social relation".
hope this helps explain what i was trying to get at
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