Marrickville School of Economics

Madeleine Hodge & Rebecca Conroy

This so-called economy has a big measuring stick that it likes to wave in your face, however in many ways economic “theory” is an unsophisticated word for making shit up. And, like any bad pulp fiction it’s been on the top sellers list for an eternity, and for all the wrong reasons. But more recently the fictional manoeuvers of finance capitalism have reached epic heights, whilst also managing to penetrate deeper and deeper into our bodies. This DIY will ask how can we as art workers intervene in the everyday grammar of finance at a biopolitical level and transfigure/pervert the flow of these languages through mimesis and a trojan strategy of occupation. We will ask how can we radically recompose the body’s response-abillty to the materiality of financialisation, using language tactics and humour to expose the gaps and contradictions of finance’s banal and ridiculous propositions. The syllabus will connect economic strategies to the enslavement that underpins them so we will emerge with a vigorous fury ready to institute new ways of working.

The Marrickville School of Economics is a creative accounting experiment and artist-led curriculum for studying and developing new ways to do economy.


22 Sep 12:30 – 2:30 Talk
Madeleine Hodge from the Folkestone (Summer) School of Economics hosts a Skype conversation with Sydney's Marrickville School of Economics, with a public presentation on the principles of an artist led economy by Bek Conroy

22 Sep 19:00 – 20:00 Talk
The Story of Rare Albion by Christopher Houghton Budd from Folkestone Finance

23 Sep 14:00 – 16:00 Workshop
Finance literacy for artists - Free public workshop hosted by Finance Folkestone for artists, curators, theorists. Drop in with questions, which could be anything from how to balance your books to increasing earning from your labour.

23 Sep 17:00 – 19:00 Panel Discussion
Beyond (NOT) Neo-liberalism: Panel discussion on thinking the economy as creative practice. Madeleine Hodge, Camilla Cannochi and Christopher Houghton Budd

24 Sep 12:00 – 16:00 Workshop
The economy is a uterus workshop, with drawing, colouring in and economy free play. Drop in anytime between this time it is free and for all ages


2 September 2017

Edge: Push/Pull


Progress Agency