• Economia - The Limited Edition 

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    Posted: 12 May 2020

    The online festival about economy, without the economists (on stage)

    How can we change our economic paradigm of endless growth, in an era in which human activity impacts Earth’s environment so profoundly? The biosphere of the Earth is as big as it gets. There is no room to expand; thus, economic growth ultimately comes at the expense of the living space of others. If you look at the Earth from space, it turns out to be a zero-sum game; as humanity continues to grow, we take up more space, leaving less for other species. In any other natural process, growth stops as soon as it encounters a limitation. Since the dawn of humanity, our technological abilities have enabled us to overcome these limitations. We will have to intervene in our own growth if we don't want to end up on a Mars-like planet.

    Economia – The Limited Edition is a laboratory of ideas; a place where, for a while, we can step out of the existing frame and approach economy in an unexpected, playful and fundamental manner. Let’s take another look at our economy and globalized society with the fresh and sometimes detached view of the visitor, researcher, gamer, alien and artist. Reclaim it and reshape it as we see fit.

    Economia – The Limited Edition will examine alternative value systems such as abundance, scarcity, equality and growth. Will the current health pandemic lead towards a tipping point for change and constrain humanity from exceeding the limits of our planet, of other species and of each other?

    From June 2020 onwards, we will explore how we can meet the needs of everyone within the means of our (planetary) resources. Through a series of online lectures, debates, game sessions, an exhibition and a conference we will reclaim economy as a social and cultural construct, ridding us of the idea of economy as an inevitable law of nature.

    Homo Economicus
    The theme of Economia derives from Homo Economicus, a concept in which man is first and foremost an economic being, directed towards the satisfaction of his needs in an efficient, rational and logical manner. Economia will examine which systems maintain this deeply held belief and prevent real change. Moving away from a world driven by profits over everything else, Homo Economicus could fulfil its role as an economic being in relation with the world, exploring the new ideals of saving the planet, preventing the exploitation of people and fantasizing about inverting the paradigm of unlimited growth.

    Economia is part of the Creative Europe project Green Revisited: Encountering Emerging Naturecultures (GREEN) The main objective is to shape an emerging ‘naturecultures’ paradigm via the arts, addressing the complexity of our relations with the environment and capable of overcoming the dualism between human and nature. Through artistic and practice-based research we will reconsider our economy and aim at reconnecting it with our natural surroundings.

    Stay tuned for the timeline and announcements!

    Economia – The Limited Edition is powered by Joanknecht and kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL, Provincie Noord-Brabant and Stichting Cultuur Eindhoven.


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