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Heidemarie Schwermer goes penniless in “Living without Money”
The new documentary by director Line Halvorsen, Living without Money (LWM), couldn’t have come at a better time. It won’t be released until Feburary 2010 but one assumes we won’t be out of this current global economic mess we are in now. And if I can be sure of one thing, it’s that radically alternative visions and philosophies of the planet’s economic system will still be shut out of the public discussion when LWM is relesaed. Turn on the news or pick up a paper and it’s the same: we need to get back on track, we need to stimulate the economy, get people shopping again, get manufacturing moving at break neck speed, etc, etc. With this myopic worldview of economics has come massive bail-outs for the corporate crust at the top of humanity’s cake. And as was said by Mary Walsh on This Hour has 22 Minutes some years earlier, “everyone knows the upper crust is really a bunch of crumbs held together with dough.”
Feral Trade (Import-Export) is an artist-run grocery business established in Bristol in 2003. According to Kate Rich, the inventor, it is a public experiment which trades goods via social networks. Products are run along social routes, avoiding official channels of distribution in preference for a hand-carried cargo system, often using other artists or curators as
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Régine Debatty writes about the intersection between art, design and technology on her blog we-make-money-not-art.com.
She also contributes to various design and art magazines, curates art shows and lectures internationally.