Money Lab is an economic vaudeville, a multi-disciplinary experiment to discover whether economic ideas can be represented through performance. It uses a mixture of theater, dance, video, music, and games in order to explore everything from the darker predictions of Malthus, to the 2008 stock market collapse, to the economic cost of being an artist. Developed with the help of a crew of artists and economists, this project will culminate with a four-day performance workshop at The Brick Theater in Brooklyn.
Among the elements presented during the evening will be audience participatory games based on economic behavioral experiments, including auctions, The Dictator Game, and The Ultimatum Game, developed with the help of Game Play curator Gyda Arber and economist Rosemarie Nagel; a dance/video piece entitled “Dead Cat Bounce” examining economic jargon during the 2008 crisis, choreographed by Patrice Miller and video designed by Daniel McKleinfled; Ian W. Hill’s new found text piece, “To Receive a Mark,” based on the writings of Malthus and others; and two short sketches, “The Ditch Digger, by John Maynard Keynes” and “The Money Atheist,” both written by Edward Einhorn and directed by Eric Oleson.
Upon entering, audience members will be required to purchase five dollars worth of tokens that they will used in the games during the evening. Red and blue tokens will representing the conflicting economies of food vs. flowers, aka basic needs vs. beauty/art. The results of the games will change the value of the tokens during the course of the evening, and the fluctuating exchange rates will be posted throughout. One central question of the evening is: how do we value art, and can it be measured on an economic scale?
Event Price : Tickets $15, plus a required $5
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Event Category: Dance
When: August 7, 2013 ~ August 10, 2013
Where: The Brick