Part of the 11th edition of Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Transactions is transforming the main building of the University of Zurich into an experimental space for artistic and scholarly exploration. Taking the biennialís theme - what people do for money - as an inspiration, the overarching aim is to shed light on the relationships, transferences, and interdependencies between money, happiness, health, and fairness in the context of work.
The title Transactions is inspired by one of the oldest scholarly publications still in print: Philosophical Transactions, established in 1665. To this day, the journal continues to unite all academic disciplines within its pages. It is in this open-minded spirit that we have invited researchers from the University of Zurichís seven faculties and artists working in a broad variety of media to participate in a multidisciplinary exchange of views.
For the exhibition, Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens have created two largescale versions of works in their series Each Number Equals One Inhalation and One Exhalation (2016). In Organization Chart of the Enterprise (2016) the hierarchy of an entire enterprise unfolds before our eyes, from the managing director down to the production departments. The diagram Worker Productivity Trends in Periods 1 to 24 (2016) shows how productivity increased at the Western Electric Company in Hawthorne (near Chicago) between 1927 and 1932 in one of the most famous experiments in industrial history.
Manifesta 11 Parallel Event
June 11 - July 10, 2016
Curated by Michael Hiltbrunner and Katharina Weikl