Said to contain: Real Theory is a long-term artistic project wherein we seek to investigate our present neoliberal condition. Rooted in research, we examine manifestations of global trade in our hometowns (Belgrade, Hamburg and Buenos Aires) as well as Zurich, where we frequently work. Tracing the routes of containers filled with goods in the shipping industry, tracking the companies behind them and analysing the regulations that make all this possible, we try to go beyond the opaque shell of global capitalism. We take on the idea of the cargo container as a visual metaphor for global trade: mirroring it’s opacity, but also serving as an imaginary storage place for ideas, as a guideline for staging, aesthetic principle and even a physical space for presentations.
In this project we try to make theory accessible, ideally to be acted out by any public. In the performative settings of Thinking Public Sessions abstract theory is materialised into graspable bits through stories, illustrations or maps. We intend to make knowledge on economy, its systems and agents, available for discussion. We are playing with it in order to generate new knowledge and critical action(s) in public contexts.
The Thinking Public Session in Zurich will attempt to see beyond banks and chocolate and dive into the flesh and blood of Swiss trade.