Education, empowerment, and institutions from below


Capitalism belongs in a museum! Three projects from Berlin, Brussels and Oakland attend to put it there and discuss the political and social role of a Museum of Capitalism. Presented by Sarrita Hunn and with Malte Elling, Samuel Hus and Timothy Furstnau as speaker in the panel for the respective project we invite you on Saturday, March 11th 2017 at 8pm to discuss with us at Vierte Welt.

The "Museums of Capitalism"-Event is the public culmination of a daylong summit between three international projects bearing the same name including Museum des Kapitalismus (Berlin), Musee du Capitalisme (Brussels), and Museum of Capitalism (Oakland). Moderated by Sarrita Hunn (cofounder/editor of Temporary Art Review), this panel discussion aims to examine the institutions and systems at play, the role of exhibitions in education and empowerment, and the politics of placing capitalism in a museum.

We, the Museum of Capitalism in Berlin started as a project in 2013 and on this website you can find out more about us.

The Musée du Capitalisme in Brussels has been created by students who wanted to create a space for discussing the society and the economic system they live in. Since February 2014 their exposition has taken place in Namur, Saint Gilles, and Laeken. They have reached more than 15 000 people in the context of an individual or guided visit. The organization is also active in schools and in the public space. In their exhibitions following issues, amongst others, are addressed: the notion of eternal growth, the disconnection of our financial system with the natural resources, the o shoring of production and the unequal relations in the production chain.

This June the Museum of Capitalism is opening in Oakland as an institution dedicated to educating this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of capitalism. Representing the collaborative e orts of a multidisciplinary team of curators, historians, economists, educators, writers, artists, and designers, the Museum strives to broaden public understanding of capitalism through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art, and artifacts related to capitalism; and commemorations, reenactments, and other events.

Sarrita Hunn is an interdisciplinary artist whose often collaborative practice focuses on the culturally, socially and politically transformative potential of artist-centered activity. She is co-founder/ editor of Temporary Art Review, an online platform for contemporary art criticism that focuses on alternative spaces and critical exchange among disparate art communities.

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