ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art, 09|17|2011 – 02|05|2012
Art as Commoditiy. The New Economy and the Art Markets

Entangled Plagiarism - Stephanie Syjuco's Round of Counterfeiters


Stepanie Syjuco's crochet workshop in Karlsruhe. CLICK IMAGE TO OPEN GALLERY. All images: Fidelis Fuchs. © ZKM

In the Philippines almost nobody can afford designer originals, in spite of the fact that the counterfeit industry is flourishing there. The artist Stephanie Syjuco, born in Manila and brought up in the USA, has been working on the Counterfeit Crochet Project since 2008: in this online-based project, she calls for a strategic faking of designer products – bags by Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Co., and her users from all over the world do, in fact, send her handmade bootlegs – ‘outsourcing’ is what Syjuco calls it. We were present when the artist produced an entire bag collection for The Global Contemporary with a hobby crochet group from Karlsruhe. Continue reading ...


Is Art Business as Usual? Art as Global Economy


Elmgreen & Dragset »Prada Marfa« 2005 © Elmgreen & Dragset

When, in 2008, Elmgreen & Dragset depicted the art world as an inaccessible Prada Store in the middle of the American desert, German artist Antonia Hirsch had already fixed the distorted geography of the art market in 23 carat gold leaf. Her visualization of ArtNews Top 200, an annually published list of the most important art collectors worldwide reaffirms the fact that art has always been an exclusive business: Hirsch struck off from the world map each country that failed to represent at least two art collectors in the ARTnews list. What remained was the West - and the rest was simply empty paper. After the Internet databank Artprice announced this year that China had replaced the English art market as the second largest in the world, it would seem obvious that Hirsch’s world map, if realized once again in 2011, would look different.Continue Reading ...