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Today we do not use the word 'Dollars'

For a single day, SUPERFLEX entered a contract with Auckland's Karangahape Road branch of the ANZ bank. Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from 9.00 to 16.30, all employees of the bank couldn’t say or use the word 'Dollars'. The staff was forced to use other words of their own choice to explain themselves to customers and co-workers. Breaking the pact they had to pay a fine of $1 into a staff social fund. Today We Don't Use the Word Dollars was commissioned by Artspace , Auckland for One Day Sculpture, a New Zealand based commissioning series of temporary public artworks. Project Curators: Claire Bishop, Emma Bugden and Brian Butler. Through projects engaging with alternative models for the creation, dissemination and maintenance of social and economic organisation SUPERFLEX has been involved in several legal disputes, as well as suffered prohibition orders and police raids, relating to their artistic use of commercial signs and symbols. However, finding that the restrictions placed on their work sometimes led to unexpectedly interesting results, SUPERFLEX began to explore the productive potential of prohibition and conceived a series of projects structured to impose regulations on others.


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Info from One Day Sculpture: SUPERFLEX's artwork for One Day Sculpture involved the employees of Auckland's Karangahape Road branch of the ANZ bank. For a single day, all employees of the bank could not say or use the word 'DOLLARS.' If they broke this pact they had to pay a fine of $1 into a staff social fund. SUPERFLEX (Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, Jakob Fenger and Rasmus Nielsen) investigate processes by which power dynamics become evident. Their projects do not simply set out to problematize these spheres of interest, but to work with real economic, cultural and political relations and create concrete effects. SUPERFLEX have become involved in several legal disputes, as well as suffering prohibition orders and police raids, relating to their artistic use of commercial signs and symbols. However, finding that the restrictions placed on their work sometimes led to unexpectedly interesting results, SUPERFLEX began to explore the productive potential of prohibition and conceived a series of projects structured to impose regulations on others. The artists opted to work with the ANZ bank, asking the bank manager to enter into a legally binding agreement with the group that would affect all its activities. The contract was signed by the Bank Manager and by SUPERFLEX and was printed and framed and displayed in the staff room during the day. Commissioned by ARTSPACE. Project Curators: Brian Butler, Emma Bugden and Claire Bishop

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