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Bob Demper

Background Evening



Bob Demper’s Background Evening with Thomas Bollen was an insightful event that took place on June 21st! For every solo exhibition at 1646, the artist is invited to informally share their thoughts, inspirations, and motivations behind their works and exhibition with our audience. This event, known as Background Evening, provides an insightful glimpse into the artist’s creative process. For this occasion Bob Demper invited Thomas Bollen, financial economist and journalist for Follow The Money.

Bollen is fascinated by the economic ideas, models and propaganda that dictate how we live together. In his current solo exhibition, In Tall Buildings, Bob Demper explores the hidden powers of the financial world. Both of them investigate the complexity of the financial system and its impact on society in their own different ways.

This evening provided the audience with an in-depth exploration of the concepts behind In Tall Buildings and an introduction to the essential yet often misunderstood aspects of the financial system. Bob and Thomas proposed possible ways forward and solutions to the current design of the system, addressing the many obstacles such initiatives face. The event wrapped up with a Q&A session, where attendees shared their questions and thoughts.

We had free mocktails, and thanks to everyone for coming!

Reference material from the Background Evening
Capitalist Realism – Mark Fisher
Talking to My Daughter About the Economy – Yanis Varoufakis
Manufacturing Consent – Noam Chomsky
Keystroke Capitalism – Aaron Sahr
Propaganda – Edward Bernays
Busting the Bankers’ Club – Gerald Epstein
The Origin of Capitalism – Ellen Meiksins Wood
Treasure Island – Nicholas Shaxson
Permanent Distortion – Nomi Prins
Caliban and the Witch – Silvia Federici
Bully Market – Jamie Fiore Higgins
Big Short – Michael Lewis
The Money Problem – Morgan Ricks
The End of Banking – Jonathan McMillan

Online (click on the title for the link)
Follow the Money
Waterworks of Money

Video (click on the title for the link)
Adam Curtis
The Corporation
Inside Job
Financial Markets with Robert Shiller


About Bob Demper (b. 1991) is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in The Hague (NL). By employing familiar cinematic motifs in his work, Demper’s artistic practice creates expectations for the audience that can be subverted, fulfilled or deconstructed. His approach extends across various mediums, with ideas that appear in his longer films mutating into shorter videos, sculptures and installations, creating a cohesive body of work. His work has been shown at Museum Helmond, Nest Den Haag, Prospects/Art Rotterdam and ENCU Shanghai (CN).


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