Christin Lahr

Christin Lahr – Macht Geschenke screenshot

MACHT GESCHENKE: DAS KAPITAL – A Critique of Political Economy, Donation to the Federal Republic of Germany. Daily transfer of Capital to the Federal Ministry of Finance, 2009 – ca. 2052, hybrid media, screenshot of bank transfer Nr. 00815

 

Christin Lahr – Macht Geschenke screenshot

MACHT GESCHENKE: DAS KAPITAL – A Critique of Political Economy, Donation to the Federal Republic of Germany. Daily transfer of Capital to the Federal Ministry of Finance, 2009 – ca. 2052, hybrid media, screenshot of bank transfer Nr. 00805

 

Christin Lahr – Macht Geschenke detail

MACHT GESCHENKE: DAS KAPITAL, notational system of counting marks and numerals. „OVER-SUBSCRIPTIONS“ of Capital on translucent paper

 

Christin Lahr – Macht Geschenke installation view

MACHT GESCHENKE: THE MAKING OF CAPITAL, WORK IN PROGRESS, Ars Electronica, Cyberarts 2011, Offenes Kulturhaus, Linz, installation view. Takeover of the personal chair of Dr. Franz Dobusch, mayor of Linz

 

Since May 31, 2009, Christin Lahr has transferred 1 cent daily to the German Federal Ministry of Finance, thus helping to counter the growing mountain of debt in homeopathic doses. In the field »reason for payment«, she always writes 108 characters from „Capital: A Critique of Political Economy“ by Karl Marx. In this way the entire book will be transferred into the state’s central account via online banking in the next 43 years. The value increase of the capital investment is not included, nor are the required labor and lifetime or the added value through cultural and symbolic capital calculated into this.
Each of the roughly 15.709 money transfers is documented per screenshot, printed, signed, and given away to individual citizens. At the same time, in „over-subscriptions“ on translucent paper, the artist crosses out character by character and thus produces, analogously to the book, an unreadable notation of „CAPITAL“, consisting of counting marks and numerals.

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