In 2017, the Danish artist group SUPERFLEX started its five-year project at Kunsthaus Graz. By choosing to work over a span of five years, SUPERFLEX also refer to the Five-Year Plan principle, which is an instrument that has been used to plan economic activities in countries that support Marxist-Socialist tenets. Five-year plans centralize and fix variables such as investments, prices and wages, while including allocations and specifications for production and services. This framework was used for the realization of projects at the Kunsthaus Graz that deal with capitalist economies.
The cycle started with C.R.E.A.M., the fetish ATM in the heart of the Kunsthaus foyer. In 2018, SUPERFLEX organized Free Shop, in 2019, they implemented Number of Visitors above the main entrance (with Jens Haaning), and in 2020, they installed Lost Money / Handful. These projects have addressed the fetishization of money, the collapse of value, the reversing of monetary transactions, and not least, the economic conditions and criteria cultural institutions are subjected today.
The cycle concludes with a solo exhibition entitled Sometimes As A Fog, Sometimes As A Tsunami in 2021, focusing on the instability of capitalism inherent in the speculative nature of financial markets and instruments. In and with the show at Kunsthaus Graz, SUPERFLEX examine the dissolving factor of capitalist-oriented action on society. In this context, capitalism appears as a fluid force that seeps into every crack and corner of the world – ‘sometimes as a fog, sometimes as a tsunami’ as the title says. The exhibition brings together a series of works that speak of the dissolution of values, social structures, and temporalities, and offers a spatial-visual setting that visitors can physically enter. Furthermore it forms a hinge between a series of works critical of capitalism, with which SUPERFLEX became known, and those of the more recent past, which expand notions of community insofar as the inclusion of plants and animals is intended to open to a new form of coexistence between species.