30.3–22.4 2012 Candyland, Gotlandsgatan 76

Nongkran Panmongkol (TH)

Anything for sale

Anything Happening på vernissagen 30 mars:
• 18.00–23.00 Lotteri med många vinster. (19.90 kr)
• 19.00–22.00 Exotisk thaimassage. (99 kr/30 min)
• 18.00–22.00 Nagelspecialist på plats, passa på att måla o snygga till dina naglar. (59.90 kr)
• 20.00–22.00 Försäljning av specialprodukter och anmälning till thailändsk matlagningskurs. (Om du anmäler dig till matlagningskursen under vernissagekvällen får du en fin gåva.) Kostnad 299.90 kr/2 tim med gemensam middag efter kursen.
• 22.30 Auktion.

Nongkran Panmongkol förvandlar under tre veckor Candyland till en närbutik där allt går att köpa och ställer frågan: Går det att göra konst som är oberoende av rådande marknadskrafter?

Nongkran Panmongkol, konstnär och kläddesigner, är född i Thailand men bor och arbetar i Stockholm.

Artist Nongkran Panmongkol is transforming the gallery space into a convenience store; reselling common merchandise and services that are already easily available to buy in daily life. Almost everything that we see, smell, touch or use may be brought back and resold...

The world around us is defined by market forces. Can our democratic aspiration even survive without respecting the market? Marketing operates as a sort of recycling tool, whilst increasing the value of money. Here the market, consumes and recycles itself without actively producing anything. It works in a similar way to the modern financial system, perpetually “eating itself”. There are reshaped commodities instead of products, and today we call these reshaped entities 'products' also. We have already been made (brought) to understand it, as we see the market being able to accommodate any social situation, time, geographic position and resources. The only requirement is that we believe its function, as without us there is no market. Without a market, there is nothing of what we call society today. The trust is essential here.

With clever marketing mechanisms, we can increase consumer purchasing of necessities and of all possible non-essential products. We credit imaginative advertising and changes in pricing for helping consumers to make quick decisions or choices. So we can sell empty souvenir chocolate boxes for 99.90 kr. Or remake a politician’s campaign poster for 999.90 kr. Wouldn’t you buy it at the price that is enticing? Where does the price come from, what does it equate from? Is art independent from inevitable market rules?

Kontakt Candyland: Nadja Ekman