Text by Katharine Dwyer, MFA Fine Art Wimbledon
‘Playing with Capital’, a Screening and Panel Discussion event held on 4th October 2016, hosted by Central Saint Martins staged within the Platform Theatre in collaboration with the Stuart Hall Foundation.
This special event brought together artists, curators, writers and academics to discuss the intersection between art, money and globalisation and its impact on all our lives. Speakers included: Jeremy Till, Isaac Julien, Amanda de la Garza, Zeigam Azizov, Michael Rustin and Steve Varni.
The curator Amanda de la Garza commented in her introduction that, like gravity, capitalism is a ubiquitous and mercurial force. Isaac Julien’s ‘Playtime,’ shown here in a single screen version, is a work that takes on the challenge of giving form and body to this invisible hand.
The film presents five vignettes across the globe: the hedge fund manager in London, the artist and property developer in Iceland, the reporter interviewing the auctioneer, the art dealer and finally the housemaid in Dubai.
These archetypes are outlines of stories largely already known to us. But despite the first person narratives, we are deliberately pushed away. Humour, well known actors, or showing the camera crew in shot remind us that this is a production, not a documentary.