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)