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.
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.
The People's Currency
Date & Time:
14 – 19 February 2017
8am - 8pm
Location: Federation Square
This is an outdoor event.