Monopolistic Productions — Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann

Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt, 2005
Paperback, 45.5 × 30 cm, 32 pages, numerous ills. in color

Artistic research: Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann
Editor: Kunstraum Lakeside
Graphic design: Andreas Fogarasi

For Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann, critical engagement with political, social and economic issues is always tied up with the question of how to represent complex subject matter. As in earlier projects, the artists refer here to a historically significant model for the visualization of economic and social conditions—the atlas of Gesellschaft und Wirtschaft [Society and Economy] published by Otto Neurath and Gerd Arntz in 1930, which combined the development of statistical diagrams with a critique of contemporary economic conditions. For the publication Monopolistic Productions Alice Creischer and Andreas Siekmann translated two pages from this atlas that were devoted to showing how the monopolistic production dominated by the national economies of European and non-European countries was in the process of being replaced by the reign of transnational corporations.