The project examines cycling as a metaphor for the cyclical nature of world economy. Economic cycles (or waves) are characterized by periodic crises, followed by shifts in the modes of production. Born amid the recession of the 1970s the bicycle messenger embodies the core principals, which are to define labor in the current techno-economic paradigm. The artist takes on the role of a real-life courier, and intervenes in the relations of production. The project marks the 40-year anniversary of the recession of 1973-75, and implicitly raises questions about its resonance for the present moment.
In K. the artist’s body serves as a departure point for a series of playful interventions directed at the institutional gaze. Formed within 19th-century criminology, the concept of the individual is a product of the system, which today organizes individual existence. The resulting documents present a reductive take on the subject, and despite their seeming exactitude, accommodate a multitude of loopholes and areas of fuzziness. With this in mind, the artist appropriates the techniques of intelligibility and their attributes of identity as instruments of artistic production. The project’s title bears reference to Franz Kafka’s character Josef K. whose opposition to the Law makes him an unwitting participant in his disciplinary subjection.
Wilfred Wyman is an object and sound installation, which constructs and narrates the life story of the fictional, late-Victorian artist Wilfred Wyman (1859-1939). Set against the backdrop of actual, historical events, Wyman’s life witnessed the scientific developments following the breakthroughs of Darwinian biology. Connecting multiple layers of time the character’s viewpoint puts into perspective the decades long political and biopolitical concern for the human subject to trace its social impact throughout the first half of the 20th century and beyond.
Inspired by the song "This Land Is Your Land," written and first performed by American folk singer Woody Guthrie, the artist explores different political ideologies regarding property. The project traces the transition to market economy in Bulgaria and the countries of former Eastern Europe thirty years since the start of the political reforms. Looking back on the ruins of the 1990s, it examines the role of primitive accumulation in the form of mass privatization as a necessary precursor to capitalism.
The video depicts a surreal encounter in the afterlife. There, the protagonists, Mao Zedong and Muammar Gaddafi, discover a world entirely different from the one they have known. They face up to the American hegemony, which absorbs and commodifies everything that stands in its way, including its adversaries. Being themselves impersonated by mass-produced action figures—a distinctive part of American popular culture— the two characters make no exception. They struggle to come to terms with an afterlife, a post-history, summed up in Margaret Thatcher’s famous statement “There is no alternative.”