At 3 pm, KIOSK presents the book Zachary Formwalt – Three Exchanges, in the presence of artist Zachary Formwalt; the book launch is followed by a screening of the artist’s most recent video, An Unknown Quantity (2015, 35’) in the KASKcinema.
The book was made on the occasion of Formwalt’s 2014 and 2015 solo shows at KIOSK, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) and Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCAB) Belgrado, respectively. Both exhibitions revolved around the same theme and works: our contemporary global economy, as analyzed by Formwalt in three video installations in which he uses the stock exchange building as a metaphor for the impossibility of visualizing the continuously circulating flows of capital in the contemporary financial world.
Now, we present the third instalment of the video trilogy, which was not yet shown at KIOSK. In An Unknown Quantity, Formwalt aims his camera on the Amsterdam Exchange, built in 1903 by socialist architect H.P. Berlage. How was Berlage, famous for his social housing projects for Amsterdam labourers, able to reconcile his idealism with this commission to design the palace of capitalism?
In collaboration with KASKcinema.
The book Zachary Formwalt – Three Exchanges was published by Roma Publications (ROMA 257), in collaboration with Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA), Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCAB) Belgrado and KIOSK.