We feed the Idiots

INGO RANDOLF FEAT. QUJOCHÖ (AUT)

Ope­ning: Wed, April 11th 2007, 17:00
Dis­play win­dow exhi­bi­ti­on: Thu, April 12th – Wed, May 16th 2007
quitch, Unte­re Donau­län­de 10, Linz

Bra­ve new world is one big gam­ble. In the end tho­se who have alre­ady won enough win once more – the “big play­ers”, the mul­ti­na­tio­nal cor­po­ra­ti­ons and socie­ties. 500 of them con­trol more than 52 per cent of the gross world pro­duct. The sta­bi­li­za­ti­on of this con­cen­tra­ti­on of eco­no­mic power is based in part on the fact that the capi­ta­list machi­ne knows how to keep ali­ve by using diver­se mecha­nisms that lie bey­ond the view of the indi­vi­du­al.

WE FEED THE IDIOTS is working with this with­dra­wal of the mecha­nisms of capi­ta­lism. An inter­ac­tive instal­la­ti­on pres­ents in the win­dow of the quitch an inter­face. An invest­ment of 10 cents pro­mi­ses the pas­ser-by – in the case of luck­i­ness – that they can then be accoun­ted for as win­ners of moder­ni­za­ti­on. The usu­al slot machi­ne requi­res three sym­bols of the same kind in order to win. WE FEED THE IDIOTS does not use the usu­al fruit sym­bols, but cor­po­ra­te logos of cor­po­ra­ti­ons and com­pa­nies such as the World Bank, Uni­le­ver and BP.

In the event that three of the­se logos show up the gam­bler won‘t be retur­ned the 10 cents but is draf­ted by the capi­ta­list machi­ne. At the end of every day indi­vi­du­al trans­fers of 10 cents for every lost game are made each with the sub­ject WE FEED THE IDIOTS to the cor­po­ra­ti­ons and com­pa­nies that are used as icons. The cor­re­spon­dence that evol­ved out of this as well as all the docu­ments of the trans­fers are shown in public.

(Pho­tos: qujOchÖ)