Aestheticized economies and administrated art
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The seemingly disparate worlds of economics and generosity are meeting in new forms of art making and cultural production. These forms combine the alternative and resistant economic models of utopian communities with productive methods borrowed from recent network-based, relational, or social-performance art. This thesis looks at two representative collective cultural producers engaged in the creation of new economic structures. Chicago's InCUBATE eschews the non-profit model, and instead uses a democratic franchised voting model (Sunday Soup) to make micro-grants to a variety of local artists. New York's e-flux produced a currency-free network model (time/bank) to enable goods and services trading between art workers. These groups are discussed in terms of their relationship to a genealogy of conceptual art and immateriality, as well their connection to gift economies, internet culture, networks and administration. This inquiry is intended to provide insights and raise questions regarding intentions and outcomes of producing, promoting, and using emergent economic structures as both funding alternative and aesthetic practice.