Novi Sad, 7 Jun. Wealth of Nations conference

June 6th, 2009

I’m in Novi Sad for this conference:

WEALTH OF NATIONS

7 – 8 June, 11 am – 5 pm SNP
Chamber Stage, Pozorisni Trg 1, Novi Sad

Finances and monetary policy are mostly a matter of interest exclusively of a small circle of devotees. Even the social sciences, broadly speaking, avoided exploring the mutual relation between finances and other aspects of social activities. However, with the serious development of financial crisis some questions, which go behind the narrow sector of economy and finances, have been emerging.

Having experienced the Great Depression in the 30s of the 20th century, and its implications for the beginning of the Second World War, there are many of those who are worried about the further development of the present state of capitalism’s global crisis. The development of so called criticism of finances, is trying to explore other models of economies and relations which bypass the so called monetary ideology and praxis, as dominant form of economic conversion, within the context of symbolic trade.

Syntax “Wealth of Nations” (Adam Smith) is on one hand, an ironic theme for today’s state of liberal economy in crisis, and on the other hand, raises a serious question: what really constitutes value? Is it social interaction, beliefs and fears along with market indexes? To what extent is money nature or culture? Is money equivalent of goods, labour, or is it self-referential?

At the conference participants and speakers, including economists, sociologists, artists, activists, philosophers and culture theoreticians, will try to answer these questions and provoke a wider debate on finances, as the social praxis, and its wider implications in domain of rational and irrational.

Conference Editors: Kristian Lukić and Gordana Nikolić

Webpage: eng.cinemacity.org

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Conference schedule:

Saturday, 7th June

11:00 – 13:00
MAN-DEATH-CREDIT

Slavko Bogdanović (Serbia)
PhD in Law and a conceptual artist

Stefan Heidenreich (Germany)
writer and researcher

Ralph Heidenreich (Germany)
writer and researcher

15:00 – 17:00
RESOURCES-WEALTH-PROPERTY

Konrad Becker (Austria)
Director of “New Culture Technologies/t0” Institute from Vienna

Matteo Pasquineli (Italy/ Great Britain)
writer, curator and a researcher at London University “Queen Mary”

Marko Rakić (Serbia)
sociologist and activist from Novi Sad

Monday, 8th June

11:00 – 13:00
VALUE-ALGORITHM-MAGIC

Darko Pantelić (Serbia)
PhD undergraduate at Faculty of Economy in Subotica, within University in Novi Sad

Felix Stalder (Austria)
Lecturer in Theory of The Media Society at University of Arts in Zurich, and editor of Nettime mailing list.

15:00 – 17:00
ART-INVESTMENT-INDEX

Luchezar Boyadziev (Bulgaria)
artist

Mar Canet (Austria / Spain)
engineer and designer of computer games and a member of Derivart group

Shu Lea Cheang (the USA / France)
artist, conceptualist and film creator

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