Coming soon: Art after Money, Money after Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization (Pluto, 2018)


I am now putting the finishing touches on the manuscript for a book titled Art After Money, Money After Art: Creative Strategies Against Financialization to be published by Pluto Press of London in 2018 (likely August, but we’ll see).

The book is a collection of interwoven essays that attempt to lay out some coordinates for the radical imagination in an age of financialization. To do so, it examines the work of a range of contemporary artists who mobilize money or money-like stuff in their work: coins, bills/banknotes, credit and debt, derivatives, etc.

Here is a little blurb:

We imagine that art and money are old enemies, but Max Haiven argues that this myth actually helps reproduce a horrifically violent system of global capitalism and prevents us from imagining and building alternatives.

From the chaos unleashed by the ‘imaginary’ money in financial markets to the new forms of exploitation enabled by the ‘creative economy’ to the way art has become the plaything of the world’s plutocrats, our era of financialization demands we question our romantic assumptions about art and money. By exploring the way contemporary artists engage with cash, debt and credit, Haiven identifies and assesses a range of creative strategies for mocking, sabotaging, exiting, decrypting and hacking capitalism today.

Written for artists, activists and scholars, this book makes an urgent call to unleash the power of the radical imagination by any media necessary.

Here is a tentative table of contents:

  • Introduction: Art After Money, Money After Art
  • Ch. 1 – Accounting for mediation: Three artistic strategies of money/art
  • Ch. 2 – Six artists, two crises, three order of reproduction
  • Ch. 3 – Participate: Benign pessimism, tactical parasitics and the encrypted common
  • Ch. 4 – Art’s crypt: Freeport fantasies and derivative socialities
  • Conclusion: For the abolition of money/art

Check back for more information soon.

Image: John Baldessari, Money (with Space Between), 1994