Real Flow is an ongoing collaboration between Diann Bauer, Victoria Ivanova, Christopher Kulendran-Thomas and Suhail Malik. We do R&D of finance and art.

Real Flow offers tailor-made financial solutions for contemporary art by crossing the now wholly permeable and artificially-maintained barriers between art’s markets, markets in general, and art’s flexible and porous semantics. Re-engineering the artwork’s commodity form, this venture tactically integrates art into its diverse channels of exhibition, circulation, and marketization. Financialization’s futurity is operationalized by Real Flow to reconstitute art’s future present and open up new vistas through and beyond capital.

The first iteration of it as a project is the inaugural exhibition at K. (formerly P!) at 334 Broome st NY. It opened on March 1st.

Real Flow

The changing  future is difficult to predict. But, for all the unknown complexities exposed through economic crisis, one thing is increasingly certain: our planet has become fully engulfed by the volatility of finance and its constant state of risk. This hegemonic order is no longer driven by objectives of progress or development but rather by the management of the perpetual present of risk-opportunity.

The process of sublimation whereby capitalism melts ‘all that is solid… into air’ requires a phase transition. Many biological systems are continually poised close to a critical point where numerous interacting components can tip the system’s organization from one global state to another. As a species, we are evolving past Cartesian confinement. Our bodies no longer define our limits. Technological upgrades on human senses pave the way to new dimensions of evolutionary adaptation so that tangibility can transcend Earth-bound experience.

The ocean may reconnect us with primordial fluidity, yet it is air that offers the ultimate realm of possibility. Air reconstitutes power from body-wielding mechanisms to morphable energy. Unhindered by the viscosities of liquid, air overcomes terrestrial friction towards a future more sublime than capitalism can afford.

Beyond liquidity is air. Beyond capital is our future.

Real Flow ia a collaboration between Diann Bauer, Victoria Ivanova, Christopher Kulendran-Thomas and Suhail Malik for R&D of finance and art.

This entry was included in Library Stack as part of a collection by Howie Chen.

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