XYZ Outlet #21: Giorgos Papadopoulos // Book presentation: Notes Towards A Critique of Money //

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XYZ OUTLET #21: Giorgos Papadopoulos // Book presentation: Notes Towards A Critique of Money // Tuesday 8 November

XYZ Outlet continues, “DRY: No drinks, no party, just an art quickie”. On Tuesday 8 November we are presenting, in conjunction with the 3rd Athens Biennale 2011 MONODROME, Giorgos Papadopoulos’ first book Notes Towards A Critique of Money.

XYZ Outlet will be open to the public for one hour only, as always, between 20:00 and 21:00.
About the presentation of Notes Towards A Critique of Money
The presentation of the book Notes Towards a Critique of Money constitutes the first in a cycle of four talks moderated by Giorgos Papadopoulos, examining the subject of social economy and alternative exchange systems (Local Exchange Trading Systems – LETS) both as viable alternatives of goods and services distribution and as political actions of resistance to the logic of the “free” market and monetary relationships. The other three talks will be presented as sessions of The Public School in Athens (, part of the projec Word of Mouth, curated by KERNEL, and currently showing in MONODROME.

Giorgos Papadopoulos will talk about his book along with artist Nikos Arvanitis whose work Promising Megaphones illustrates the chapter “Ideology, Discourse, Social Reality”.
Papadopoulos’ book highlights the functions of money in the organization of the capitalist symbolic order and in the constitution of subjectivity in the market. Combining Lacanian psychoanalysis and Baudrillardian structuralism, Notes creates a universe where price and sign are entangled, giving rise to the dominant organizing form of capitalism.
Taking into account the limitations of the theoretical analysis, the publication also includes a series of artworks that are used both to illustrate the argument and to challenge the unconscious links between the market and the subject, as it is mediated by money and ideology.
Notes towards a critique of money does not only aspire to raise a theoretical challenge against capital and to open up possibilities of emancipation, but to point towards a new aesthetic of political analysis.
Notes Towards a Critique of Money was published by the Jan Van Eyck Academy in the Netherlands in May 2011. Designed by Neda Firfova. Afterward by Yannis Stavrakakis. The book features artworks by Société Réaliste, Yuko Kamei, Nikos Arvanitis, Zachary Formwalt, Jean-Baptiste Maitre, Valentin Rurhy, Kay Walkowiak, Shogo Matsushiro, Axel Loytveld, Herve Graumman, Hadrien Dussoix, Donatella Bernardi, Wolfgang Fuetterer and No Wonder.
The book is published under a creative commons license and can be downloaded from:

About Giorgos Papadopoulos

Giorgios Papadopoulos is an economist and a philosopher. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. He holds a Master of Philosophy in the Social Sciences from the London School of Economics and he is pursuing his PhD in Philosophy and Economics at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. He is a member the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique (CLIC) of the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, he is affiliated with the International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM) and the Association for Evolutionary Economics (AFEE). He has published articles in scientific journals, art catalogues, and edited volumes in English, Greek and Spanish. Currently he is coordinating a research project on the Greek Economy entitled Icongraphies of the Drachma; Speculations on Symbolic Value.