04.06.15 - 07.06.15

Why are artists poor and what can they do about it?


14:30 – 18:30

Part of the ASFA BBQ.
The workshop is open to the public, participation is free of charge. The workshop will take place in English. To subscribe please send an email at

The workshop aims to introduce basic economic concepts as well as possible strategies in the contemporary art market. The workshop is intended to help demystify economic discourse and provide theoretical tools for making sense of the position of the artist in the contemporary socio-economic context. We will address questions on the relations between market price and artistic value, the identity of the artist as a worker and as an entrepreneur, funding, cultural policies and the role of art institutions, as well as the possibility of re-appropriation of economic concepts, terminologies and icons for an expanded artistic practice. The workshop is combined with a series of open lectures by Angela Dimitrakaki, Miltos Gkouzouris and the two organizers, Hans Abbing and Georgios Papadopoulos.

Hans Abbing writes on the economy of the arts and his books include Why are artists poor?, University of Amsterdam Press, 2002 and Value of Art: A Sociological Study of Art and the Arts-Economy, University of Amsterdam Press, 2012. He is Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Art at the Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, and in the Cultural Studies Department at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

Georgios Papadopoulos combines economics and philosophical analysis with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and its socioeconomic functions. Between 2008 and 2009 he was Researcher at the Theory Department of the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht and in 2012 he received the Vilém Flusser Award for Artistic Research by the transmediale festival and the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. He has published Notes Towards A Critique of Money, 2011 and Grexit, 2012.

Organized in co-operation with the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Office” of the Athens School Of Fine Arts.

Supported by the DAAD Programme: Partnerships with Greek Institutions of Higher Education 2014 – 2016 / A Cooperation between the Academy of Fine Art Munich (ADBK) and the Athens School of Fine Arts (ASFA)