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Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age

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Post-Capital: Art and the Economics of the Digital Age brings together works of sculpture, painting, photography, video and performance that address the nature of production, consumption and wealth. Developed within a period of significant change and uncertainty, the exhibition takes as its starting point the inherent paradox within a capitalist system that is both dependent upon and threatened by technological progress.

Today, forms of labour, currency, commodities and the nature of consumption have been dramatically transformed by technologies that continue to evolve. Multinational information technology and e-commerce firms are amongst the highest valued publicly traded companies. Information that is both abundant and infinitely replicable has become a valuable commodity that defies traditional economic principles, whereby value is determined by scarcity. Post-capital presents works by twenty-one artists that variously explore the aesthetics, paradoxes, absurdities and ethical questions posed by post-industrial and perhaps post-capital economies.

Katja Novitskova, "Pattern of Activation (emu)", 2014
© Photo: Hans-Georg Gaul. Courtesy of Katja Novitskova and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin.