Elitist academic institution of the Norwegian School of Economics invited street artists like Escif, M-City, EINE, Hyuro and Dolk to give their comments on capitalism on the schools huge, white walls.
The project, made in collaboration with NUART festival, culminated on Sept 6th in an Academic program based upon a confrontation between street artists and NHHs leading economists.
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The street art scene has a long tradition of commenting on issues related to capitalism. Despite the fact that their comments have been aimed at the economic- and political elite, their criticism has, more often than not, been overlooked this group. One explanation for this is that the critique that usually come from the street art scene too easily can be shrugged off as being too simplified and overlooking important nuances. Capitalism is not all bad. Nor is it all good. Everyone knows that.
“______ capitalism?” may seem like a simple (and incomplete) question, but it is loaded with information about what the Nuart/NHH art-project is all about. First, the question highlights the many facets of capitalism by leaving the first word blank, and invites both the street artists and the economists at NHH to debate the issue. Is the missing word “love” or maybe it is “hate”. If so, when should we love capitalism and when should we hate it? The mere fact that neither the street art scene (which make a living out of capitalizing their art skills) nor the academic economists at NHH (who make a living researching and teaching about the subject) have a simple answer to such a question, highlight the complicated nature of the subject.
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