Inclinations #14: Why is Money More Appealing than Art?

October 14, 2014

Or Gallery Berlin is pleased to present Georgios Papadopoulos in Why is Money More Appealing than Art?, for the fourteenth in our speaker series ‘Inclinations’ hosted by Patricia Reed.


The provocation, however cheap it may be, points to the fact that money is a (THE?) cultural object, and the systems of prices created by money, ascribe social significance through value.


(Because) Money mediates between the subject and its object of desire, effectively articulating desire and constituting subjectivity intervening production and consumption. In the final analysis money signifies the particular content that hegemonizes the universal ideological construction of capitalism providing a particular and accessible meaning to economic value, which colors the very universality of the system of prices and accounts for its efficiency.


A monthly speaker series at Or Gallery Berlin, hosting philosophers, artists, curators, and…


The presentation of work revolves around the posing of a question that is the thrust of a guest’s activities. It goes without saying that questions may not be answered, but are grappled with in their unresolvability. An inclination is the force of attraction to a question (without a straightforward response), yet also to each other, as a community who partakes in a common quest(ion).
Hosted by Patricia Reed.


# Arriving at a question is already a departure.
# Questions are a declaration of departure.
# Arriving at a question in thought or activity is also the creation of a trajectory, of inclining oneself towards an unknown goal, yet not without direction.
# A question inclines a departure in a particular way, but a question itself is generic – it propels all modes of seeking some thing. Questions possess the force of bending and swerving ideas/action.
# A question is the confrontation and departure from a lack. To arrive at a question is to arrive at a gap in knowledge, action and speech – a gap that cannot be immediately filled in without the inclination towards something other.
# A question is indisciplinary; the inclining magnetism of a question knows no disciplinary bounds.


In Kooperation mit der Botschaft von Kanada/In collaboration with the Embassy of Canada

Participant Bios

Georgios Papadopoulos combines economics, philosophical analysis and aesthetics with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. He studied Philosophy of Economics at the London School of Economics and is completed his PhD at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. In 2008 & 2009 Papadopoulos was a researcher at the theory department of Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and in 2012 was awarded the Vilém Flusser Residency for Artistic Research from the School of Fine Arts and the transmediale festival in Berlin. Currently he is researching digital payments, their operating principles and their aesthetics.