Re-imagining money
December 11, 2014

Talking about money can seem scary, or worse, rude, but Professor Max Haiven hopes to change all of that.

In the winter 2015 semester, Prof. Haiven will be offering the course CSTU 3400: Art and Money where he hopes to broaden people’s perspective on currency and its relation to art.

The course is part of “a multifaceted research, teaching, collection, exhibition, event and publishing project” he is working on titled Re-imagining Money.

He feels that the course will provide an “interesting approach to a familiar topic that people traditionally feel terrible about.”

Taking place in the main auditorium of the newly built Halifax Central Library, the course will offer an hour-and-a-half-long film screening and a free public lecture, followed by a two-hour seminar for enrolled NSCAD students.

Excited about the prospect of public outreach Max said, “Dal and St. Mary’s have done similar courses at the library, my goal is to utilize the space to create a public environment of learning and inquiry.”

“This is an opportunity for the public to see NSCAD and its many dimensions.”

The course will focus on looking at art through the perspective of money and address questions such as (Why) Are artists always poor? What are the aesthetical and cultural dimensions of money?

“You don’t need to know about the economy to take this class,”said Max. “After the economic crisis of 2008 people began to realize that our thoughts about money are cultural and imaginative.”

CSTU 3400: Art and Money begins Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and runs Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. (public lecture) and 2 p.m. –  4 p.m. (enrolled NSCAD students) until April 14, 2015.

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 Joseph Beuys, Kunst=KAPITAL, 1979, felt tip pen on banknote.