Chrématistique

Chrématistique is a set of three works - a painting, a video and a sculpture - that reflect on the shift towards neoliberalism occurring over the past decade or more. Following the research of French philosopher Fabien Vallos on the Aristotelian notion of chrématistique, A Constructed World consider the process of accumulating wealth through money and goods regardless of their use value. The video work, The Parable of the Talents, a re-make of Matthew 25:14–30, explores the embarrassment and conscious duplicity of this story and its implications. Amphorae, a pair of faux Grecian vases, depict erotic (or pornographic) images lifted from the internet, freely available due to the proliferation of material and users. And the over-sized painting Nature Dance, a picture of the fragility and trust of the individual in the group in the world.


“We do have a future and a past, but the future takes the form of a circle expanding in all directions, the past is not surpassed but revisited, repeated, surrounded, protected, recombined, reinterpreted and reshuffled. Elements that appear remote if we follow the spiral, may turn out to be quite nearby if we compare loops.”- Bruno Latour
“It was a little unclear what the group sent us. Was it the whole list on the right? Was it Juice? Was it Circle? What struck me most about the chart you sent was the way the participants spoke/described what it was they received. I loved that each person was named and owned the description. It reconfirmed something that Sean and I picked up on in our early attempts to communicate telepathically something I think of as ‘imaginary certainty’. That is, we find ourselves in somewhat of an altered state after telepathy and the texts generated read as a sort of stream of consciousness, similar to the way people speak when they recount a dream. The absolute certainty applied to the imaginary proposition seems to generate a confident, efficient and graceful strangeness.”- Veronica Kent