Imperium qujOchÖum: Rise and fall of a dummy association network

In general company networks are established to deceive and disguise and even to camouflage (other real purposes). Enterprises set up subcontractors and sub-subcontractors for a better taxation in countries like Liechtenstein, Mauritius or Panama, the Bahamas, the Seychelles or the Virgin Islands. Such pro forma or so called letter-box companies are businesses which only maintain a mail-box at their legal seat, meanwhile the headquarter, the administrative centre is placed somewhere else.

These constructs are primarily popular to carry out illegal transactions discretely, to cheat the taxman and to launder money. Criminals often use the whole network of such companies based abroad, because a criminal prosecution is nearly impossible.

qujOchÖ makes use of this absurd economy and transforms its mechanisms into the artistic field. For this, more than 100 associations and incorporated clubs will be founded in Austria, Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Spain. This Empire formed out of dummy associations will be linked and nested in manifold ways to simulate the rise and fall of an imperium in numerous steps.

“The great man down, you mark his favourite flies; The poor advanc‘d make friends of enemies.” (William Shakespeare)