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The People Behind The Financial System / They Are Here

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Konsthall C

Cigarrvägen 14

123 57 Farsta

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The People Behind The Financial System is an artwork by They Are Here comprised of informal encounters between 20 individuals working in the financial sector and the wider public.

Over a 2 hour period, attendees are invited to engage in ten conversations of their choice, each lasting 10 minutes. These 20 representatives range from a former Member of the European Parliament and bank CEO to a venture capitalist, algorithm coder and bank note engraver.

The People Behind The Financial System seeks to instigate an open environment of idea exchange, democratising the specialist knowledge and hidden transactions that impact us all.

Working like detectives, following leads from friends of friends and chance conversations, approaching communications teams of bigger institutions, the assembled representatives embody a complex web of research, dialogue and administration over the last six months.

Significantly, the participating representatives of the financial system are doing so on a non-monetary basis. They exchange their time for a limited edition artwork by They Are Here.

This scenario, which the artists often describe as a performance, poses questions about the limits of institutional visibility. They Are Here assert it is important to consider who is not here, as much as who is present. The individuals on this date offer a highly subjective portrait of the financial system; those that were prepared to be present. Each will have their own motivations that can never be fully determined. Indeed, a physical presence can also obscure institutional and fiscal activity in practice.

The first iteration of The People Behind The Financial System (2016) was commissioned by the Southbank Centre for the Royal Festival Hall, London.

This version has been commissioned by Konsthall C; in partnership with with the Stockholm School of Economics, Stockholm Resilience Centre and Global Econodic Dynamics and The Biosophere: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Supported by Arts Council England & the British Council, Stockholms Stad & NKF-Studio Malongen.

Attendance is free. However, places are limited. You must book via this page.

* The one-on-one conversations will be in both Swedish & English, depending on the speaker and the other attendees in your conversation. *

About the artists

They Are Here (f.2006) is a collaborative practice steered by Helen Walker and Harun Morrison. They are currently based in London and on the River Lea. Their works can be read as a series of context specific, non-narrative conceptual games. They often generate temporary systems and co-establish micro-communities that offer an alternate means of engaging with a situation, history or ideology. They Are Here work across media and types of site, particularly civic spaces. Institutions they have developed or presented work include: Camden Arts Centre, CCA Glasgow, Grand Union, South London Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Studio Voltaire and STUK (Leuven, Belgium).

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