"M&A" with Jo Randerson (playwright), Paul Leong (investment banker), Ybodon (computer scientist), Anna Heymowska (set designer), Johan Hjerpe (graphic designer) and Gerard Harris / Patrice Martre (actor)
SEPTEMBER 27 - NOVEMBER 22, 2014
Opening: Saturday, September 27, 2014, from 2 pm to 5 pm
SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art, in collaboration with La Biennale de Montréal, is pleased to present the Swedish duo Goldin+Senneby’s exhibition "M&A" with Jo Randerson (playwright), Paul Leong (investment banker), Ybodon (computer scientist), Anna Heymowska (set designer), Johan Hjerpe (graphic designer) and Gerard Harris / Patrice Martre (actor), as part of BNLMTL 2014, L’avenir (looking forward).
For the exhibition “M&A” (Mergers and Acquisitions), the Swedish artist duo Goldin+Senneby propose to re-set in motion the interrupted work of August Nordenskiöld. This late-eighteenth century alchemist and anti-slave activist was once employed by the King of Sweden to produce sufficient gold to finance a campaign against Russia. Nordenskiöld’s furtive goal in pursuing the Philosopher’s Stone, however, was to generate an excess of gold, thus rendering it - and by extension the symbolic value of money itself - valueless.
Goldin+Senneby have worked in collaboration with an investment banker and a computer scientist to develop a complex algorithmic trading model according to which the production budget for the exhibition will be invested in the stock market. The exhibition at SBC Gallery manifests as a series of evolving rehearsals of a script written for “M&A” by Jo Randerson and performed by Gerard Harris in the gallery space. The duration of the actor’s contract, and thus the exhibition’s performed component, will be determined by the market results of the investment.
Mirroring the design of the algorithm intended to detect activity in the stock market that indicates early stages of possible mergers and acquisitions, Goldin+Senneby combine the speculative nature of both theatre and finance and the precarious labour conditions that characterize global society.
Goldin+Senneby have collaborated since 2004 on projects that explore performativity in relation to models of dominant cultural, financial and legal practices.
The exhibition runs from September 27 to November 22, 2014, with rehearsals occurring Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 5pm, until the trading budget runs out.