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Learning From the Global Financial CrisisCreatively, Reliably, and Sustainably$
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Paul Shrivastava and Matt Statler

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770095

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770095.001.0001

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Smashing Moneytheist Mirrors

Smashing Moneytheist Mirrors

How Artists Help Us Live with Financial Schizophrenia

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(p.76) 3 Smashing Moneytheist Mirrors
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Learning From the Global Financial Crisis
Author(s):
Pierre Guillet de Monthoux
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770095.003.0004

This chapter examines the concept of moneytheism, an ideology that represents the world in exclusively financial terms and reduces the value of human life to matters that can be measured in terms of money. It explores art and aesthetics as an alternative approach to value, focusing on insider artists who work within organizational and economic systems. It ends with an illustration by artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, who staged a performance at the 2009 Venice Biennale in which he used a sledgehammer to smash a number of huge mirrors hung in gilded frames.

Keywords:   Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venice Biennale, artists, economic systems, moneytheism cure

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