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Market Forces

Popcorn, massage chairs and UK capitalism.

1 - 6 November 2011

With Ellie Harrison and Josie Long

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Popcorn machines, massage chairs and a dancing cola can are the tools artist Ellie Harrison used to illustrate and explore the recent history of capitalism and our role within it.

“For a matter of minutes, an air of chaos envelopes the space as popcorn explodes frantically onto the floor. Then all goes quiet again…until the next crisis occurs.”

In this exhibition at Vane Gallery, the fresh popcorn tracked the almost cyclical history of global financial crises. This and free massages from one of the chairs in A Brief History of Privatisation were metaphors for the fluctuations between public and private ownership in the UK.

One of our favs, and award-winning comedian Josie Long opened the exhibition in her inimitable style – check out this video of her performance. And journalist, author and activist Laurie Penny wrote all about it for us – read her article here.