Artmoney is a conceptual art project, an alternative ‘currency’, produced by artists. Artmoney is sold, exchanged and used as payment – similar to traditional currency. Artmoney has the intention of questioning the traditional economical system, it constitutes a critical voice in the political debate about ‘what is value’.
Artmoney is original artwork, in a fixed size. Artmoney is created in virtually any material and genre. I have seen works of such diverse materials as paper, concrete, glass, porcelain, deli meats, wood, textile and ice.
Artmoney was founded by the Danish artist Lars Kraemmer in 1997. The concept celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017. I myself have been involved with the project since 2004 and still enthusiastic about the idea of art as an alternative and legal currency. You could say it already is what artists do and always have done when they sometimes ‘pay’ goods and services with their works. The artmoney concept just pinpoints the concept and makes it extra clear and tangible.
On a philosophical and socio-economic plan you can see artmoney as an obvious invitation to a debate about values and value exchange. The project is based on equality between people and focuses on accountability, transparency and trust in an innovative, artistic and playful way.
We all know that our Nordic welfare model is under a big pressure and that it is essential with a new approach and renewed energy to issues as ‘money’, ‘value’, trade and exchange. Not only the Nordic region, but the whole world has reached a point of no return where it has become essential to consider what is human and real values, and how we want to spend our lives and our resources. I would like to contribute spreading this project in the north and convey the vision of creating a better world – through simple actions such as this alternative art currency, that helps us reflect upon our human and social potential.
25 invited professional artists from Scandinavia and the Nordic contries.
Each artist contributes 20 original pieces of artmoney, that directly or indirectly will reflect on the concept of “value”. Of course every artist creates his or her work – free in expression and material. Nobody can say what has value for others. Here you speak for yourself. But maybe certain themes will crystallize, and a common sense will emerge? Or maybe not at all?
The formal requirements for the size of the individual work (12 x 18 cm) ensures a tight outer form, that allows peace and harmony in the exhibition. The works can be exhibited on a wall and/ or put in boxes on a table or podium for further inspection.
The plan is to show the approximately 500 works in all the Nordic countries – and maybe later also in Balticum
The exhibition is complemented by dissemination in the form of website, artists talks and – if there is interest – workshops for local artists and other interested.
WHERE / WHEN
We start in Aarhus in August, then go to Gallery Tryk2 at Bornholm in September. Then on to Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki and The Nordic Institute on Åland. We’re in contact with further exhibition venues – however dates are not yet confirmed. We have applications sent to all the Nordic region’s houses, as well as various galleries and exhibition spaces in Bergen, Trondheim, Umeå, Iceland, Greenland and Gotland.
We have created this website as a platformfor presenting the project, the participating artists, exhibition venues mm. The website is also documentation of the project – and a channel of communication within the group – as well as between the group and the public.
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