Learning Book #003, [Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy]:
[Learning Book #003] has been developed in relation to issues suggested by the spaces and social activity related to the Palika Bazaar market, the economic zoning system and the green city plan for Delhi, 2008.
The papier mache dome of the Poster Dwelling connects the marketplace to broader themes of ecology, markets, food supply and the economy of land.
The Poster Dwelling is constructed from recycled paper from Delhi’s ‘office zone’, and its surface will be covered with images and texts that explore the tension between work, land and economy, and the role of markets in social and cultural organization.
The orthodox economics that prevails in ‘Market Economies’ suggests that all social and cultural relations are the result of market forces. Conversely, historians, anthropologists and sociologists suggest that markets are, in fact, deeply embedded in cultural practices, social conventions and local traditions. Often, ‘real markets’ rub shoulders with an ‘ideology of Markets’. Real markets operate within the social, cultural and legal constraints of particular localities and customs. But increasingly they co-exist with ‘conceptual’ Markets. In Special Economic Zones for example, local traditions, customs and laws are suspended. In their place, the ‘society’, ‘culture’ and ‘law’ of ‘The Market’ reigns. Between ‘real markets’ and the ‘ideology of the Market’ lie complex issues of labor, access to land and knowledge, ecology, politics and power. The surface of Poster Dwelling explores these interrelations and their relevance for the environment.
The publication includes texts by Jaime Stapleton, Vandana Shiva and Arunava Dasgupta, some of the drawings from the [Poster Dwelling; Land, Market and Economy] and other things.
Printed in New Delhi, 2008 in relation to 48C. Supported by 48C and The Danish Art Council.
Distributed for Learning Site 56 p., 84 color plates, 2 halftones. 6 x 8-1/4