Auctions Speaks Louder Than Words is a cheeky intervention which explores social capital within the art world, the advantage created by person’s location in a structure of relationships, and the value of those networks: basically, it’s not what you know but who you know. During the private view of an exhibition I’m part of, an evening typically recognised as a space for networking.
Come along to an evening of networking, were artists, curators, critics, press, gallerists and the average punter, can relax over free wine, some cheap nibbles and some live art.
Social connective-ness is one of the most powerful determinants of our well being; the more integrated we are within our community, the less likely we are to experience colds, heart attacks, cancer, depression, and premature death of all sorts, so since social isolation can be unhealthy, lets get on with it and develop our networks. Remember social capital does not only help the individual; it affects the entire art community. Communities with high social capital just work better! So come on down, the price is right [it’s free] to the Chelsea Space
After mingling with the guests to actively collect there contact information, which I record in a little black book of contacts, and then auction at the end of the evening, thus requesting the participants of the auction, most of which will find themselves as contacts within the book, to determine the value of social capital. The documentation of the event is a receipt of sale, which is then displayed within the exhibition.
The work has been held in Can Marqués Museum (Spain),Chelsea Space (UK) and The David Roberts Art Foundation (UK).