This audio piece was created as part of an exhibition entitled “Profits of Doom” that I made with my partner, Alessandro Berini. The work invited people to reflect on the real price of high-end profit and loss, forcing them to experience a palpable sense of dis-ease that comes with such blatant depredation. It consisted of a box mounted just below head height with stereo speakers inside. The adjoining image is the interior view when you put your head inside. The work was about making the viewer/listener feel a sense of discomfort: the positioning of the entry; the vulnerability of placing your head inside the box along with the relentless nature of the audio work seeks to convey the feeling that the concept of vulture capitalism is likewise relentless, unfeeling and devoid of humanity. The desert scene inside the diorama depicts a bleak and distopic future landscape picked clean by these vultures of capitalism.
The audio lists the net value of the richest sixty companies in the world as well as the net value and profit(or loss) of a single day for the top 100 richest individuals in the world to the backdrop of by various drones, factory and machine noises: the legacy of the industrial revolution, free market capitalism and progress-at-all-costs. It is about the reduction of life to mechanised functions and numeric values engendered by vulturistic economic endeavours.
The work itself is constructed from secondhand and recycled materials, except for a low voltage LED light. Photo by Pierre Cavalan (thanks Pierre!)