Our Accursed Share is a group exhibition of 7 artists curated by members of D.H.U.A in Ebertystrasse 49, Berlin on the 18th of January, 2014.The exhibition takes its name from Georges Bataille's theory of consumption and brings together works whose premises are based on the book as a challenging conceptual, perceptual, and cultural alternative to the current social norm.
Chemical processes, biological organisms, systems of general economy as well as societies of people working together all have a tendency while expending energy to grow and thrive to create a surplus of material often seen as waste. The surplus produced by these systems is used up in a variety of ways, most commonly either for catastrophic acts such as war or acts of decadence and spectacle in the field of artistic endeavour.
Exibitors were Olivier Pasquet | Til Berg | David Prytz | Asif Shwartz-Yassour | John Power | Michael Stapley | Euan Williams | Diana Sprenger | Julia Grigorian | Alessandra Chiffi | Paolo Menabo | Timo Rihanen | Fiona Valentine Thomann | Zwek
A Video by Zwek, shown at the Guilt and Depth-Confernece, in the Grimm Zentrum of the Humboldt University, on the 16th/17th of June 2016.
Sparked by the financial crisis of 2007-08 the concepts of debt and guilt have attracted a growing public and academic interest. Yet in spite of an ongoing interdisciplinary interest in political economy, debt and guilt are rarely studied in correlation to each other. How do these concepts relate? Does monetary debt have to be repaid on moral grounds? Does the debt of entire states have the same moral status as private debt? And most importantly, what about questions of debt relief? What are potential perspectives for change in an ongoing time of crisis, social inequality and climate change?