Quorum, 29 May, Dave Beech
We warmly invite you to join us for QUORUM on Wednesday 29 May.
Dave Beech, Chelsea College of Art, will present his paper entitled
‘Spreading The Cost Disease: Handicraft and Art’s Economic Exceptionalism’.
Where: Rehearsal Room 1, Arts One, Queen Mary, University of London, Mile End Campus
When: 5:15 Wednesday 29 May
I will be developing the ideas of Baumol and Bowen, whose 1966 book ‘Performing Arts: The Economic Dilemma’ introduced the idea of the ‘cost disease’. This argument has been expanded recently by Baumol in his book on the cost disease of health and education. I will be asking whether the cost disease is an example of art’s ‘economic exceptionalism’.
Dave Beech is an artist in the collective Freee. The group exhibited at the Liverpool biennial in 2010 and has been selected for the Istanbul biennial in 2013, as well as exhibiting at BAK as part of the Former West project, Vittoria, Smart Project Space and Culturegest. He co-curated the exhibition ‘We Are Grammar’ at Pratt Institute, NY and edited the book ‘Beauty’ for Whitechapel/MIT. He teaches at Chelsea College of Art and is currently writing a book on art and economics for the Historical Materialism Book Series.