Opening and Artist Talk: November 27, 6.30 pm




Nov. 28 to Feb 14, 2014

Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann
«In the Stomach of the Predators»



Twelve images and one video tell the ­story of the monopolization of seeds. This work on the progressive privatization of common property began with the opening of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in 2008 in Norway. Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann examine the problematic nature of this development by drawing on historical investigations on economics and politics and their critical graphic portrayal during the world economic ­crisis of the 1930s.

«In 1929, Gerd Arntz and Otto Neurath at the Vienna Institute for Pictorial Statistics began working on the atlas «Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft. Bildstatistisches ­Elementarwerk» (Society and Economics: A Pictorial Statistical Atlas). The atlas comprises one hundred sheets documenting the economic circumstances at the time. Arntz and Neurath’s method of representation is based on serialized images of quantities. Figures or curves that purport to be instantly comprehensible are nowhere to be seen. Instead, the reader is forced to pause in his reading and spend some time counting. >>