The People’s Currency turns Federation Square's Amphitheater into ‘Renminconn’, a closed loop ‘special economic zone’.

The People’s Currency is a new performance work by Melbourne-based artist Eugenia Lim. The work takes its name from Renminbi (China’s currency) and explores the social impacts of globalisation on those who seek their fortunes in the factories of China – or the ‘workshop of the world’. When almost everything is now ‘Made in China’, how are we all implicated as consumers, in the labour conditions of the production line? Dressed as a gold Mao-suited ‘ambassador’, Lim will inhabit a factory printing counterfeit currency of her own design. Presiding over the printing of money, Lim will also act as floor manager to a ‘factory’ of workers. The public is invited to enter into short-term ‘employment’ on the factory floor. In exchange for basic menial work, the ‘employee’ will be remunerated in The People’s Currency. The People’s Currency turns Federation Square's Ampitheatre into ‘Renminconn’, a closed loop ‘special economic zone’. In Lim’s project, mass-production and money-printing become strategies for contemplating the human impact of the ‘long march’ of global capitalism.

Credits

Image credit: Image Zan Wimberley, courtesy the artist.

In partnership with Federation Square and with support from the City of Melbourne Annual Arts Grants Program.

4A Centre for Contemporary Asian ArtFed SquareCity of Melbourne

The People's Currency

Presented by 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art

Date & Time:

14 – 19 February 2017

8am - 8pm

Location: Federation Square

Pricing

FREE

Notes

This is an outdoor event.