The evolution of our societies has always been influenced by the economy. However, on bills and coins, the cultural aspect dominates the economy and every country, until these days, always represented historic elements so asserting its cultural identity while integrating the economic evolution into its history.
Today, the economy plays an even more dominating role in our societies. Through the so-called culture of “entertainment”, it shapes our cultural environment and intensifies the process of globalization.
In 2002, as a result of the first monetary union (the EEC: the european economic union), a new currency, the EURO ( € ) was created. The member countries of this union, although neighbors, all have their own cultural references partly formed by the numerous conflicts they had between each other in their histories. As a result of that, no historical reference is represented on this new currency. Nowadays, the economy affirms its place as the unique guarantee for maintaining peace between people, relegating history and cultural background to be merely considered as nationalistic symbols. However, as the economical crisis has more and more fatal consequences on the daily life of individuals,these individuals, rightly or wrongly, turn towards their historical roots by fear or nostalgia, thus creating numerous tensions between the populations of the member countries.
Our series ” One World, One Dream “, presents several contemporary currencies. We customized them in a pop-art spirit, the symbol of the entertainment culture which promises everyone “his or her 15 minutes of celebrity”.
We also used some characters of Chinpu. The Chinpu is a notation system used to transcribe the musical scores for the Guqin, an ancient Chinese musical instrument and one of the most ancient musical instruments of the world. In the context of our project, through music, the most universal language, we express the following thoughts : mankind should have enough wisdom to find solutions in order to regain control over the economy and overcome the negative consequences of globalization.
To learn from the past while being concerned for the future, to have knowledge of one’s own origin in order to anticipate this future, this is the message of the exhibition ” One World, One Dream “.
Etienne de La Boetie explains: ” It is surprising – and nevertheless so common that it’s far better to moan about it than to be stunned by it – to see a million people, miserably under the yoke of slavery not because they are forced into this condition, but because they are fascinated and so to speak enchanted. ”