Ireland is entering into a new era since the predicable but untimely death of the Celtic Tiger economy, once lauded as the fastest growing economy in the world. This great Celtic-Tiger economy driven by liberal bank regulation, bad political governance and a reliance on speculative property development led house prices in Ireland to rise by almost 520% in 15 years. Now the Irish GDP is shrinking faster than in any other advanced economy. The average Irish family has lost half its financial assets and unemployment has risen faster than anywhere else in Europe. Ireland have moved from the poster child of the globalised free-market to one of the great European basket cases, as an Irish economic commentator was recently quoted as saying.
For the Midsummer Festival in Cork, Ireland, SUPERFLEX has made a new artwork "Today we do not use the word 'Recession'" that invites all the citizens of the city te involved. SUPERFLEX encouraged The Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy to bring a proposal to the city council that would ban the use of the word 'Recession' in the city of Cork. Out of this came a decree advocating that for one day, on June 17th 2010, the citizens should refrain from using the word 'Recession'. The Decree states:
TODAY WE DON'T USE THE WORD 'RECESSION'
Through the power of positive thought and collective action, Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy decrees that for one day, to lift ourselves out of the doom and gloom the citizens of Cork should refrain from using the word
The citizens of Cork are invited to join with the Lord Mayor in the collective ambition to help drive Cork out of recession and into recovery from this day forward. To kickstart this recovery the lord mayor requests on Thursday 17th June, 2010, that the people of Cork shall in all public utterances, statements and communications, replace the word 'recession' with alternative words or phrases. Citizens are asked to create their own new alternatives, thus contributing to re-imagining the future of the City of Cork. And so recommend to the people of Cork under the Common Seal of the Lord Mayor.
The decree will be announced through a week long publicity campaign in newspapers, radio, TV and through posters in the streets. 'Today we don't use the word Recesssion' is commissioned by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork Midsummer Festival.
Date: June 17th 2010
Place: City of Cork, Ireland
The National Sculpture Factory
Cork Midsummer Festival