The stock market, an endless pool of changing values. A constant movement of data circulation that stands behind the curtains of our everyday life. Its mechanical wheels turn slowly in the back stage’s of international corporations, translated into mathematical equations that determine their influence and power.
In the great hall of NYC stock exchange stand tall round pillars, covered by dozens of flickering screens. Green numbers and letters run up and down these custom monitors. To the untrained eye they are nothing more than a visual spectacle. Deciphering it is like trying to find meaning in the shapes clouds form in the sky. It is only the brokers, priests of the market, who can produce meaning by gazing at the sky of figures appearing before them. Only they can predict the economic rise and fall of kingdoms, the collapse of empires, or the birth of a new star. The delicate task of buying and selling is performed in part in screams, shouts and gestures in front of the screen. They are the prophets, practicing the divine art of money making –the knowledge of value and profit.
Occasionally (as in any astronomical system), something happens. A solar eclipse, a sudden but drastic change of climate…
Drawing from daily-trading figures, financial flash-crash algorithm records, news-websites, search engines results, dark pools operations and E-bay cheapest sales descriptions, Antinori manipulates these into stories of collapsed financial empires. Like the narrator of a Greek tragedy, his hand flickering on an imaginary harp as he plays the soundtrack of the predetermined collapse, transforming stock values and data entries into angelic voices who sing the chorus of inevitable catastrophe.
Dataflags (2014) Somerset paper, data from the last ten years of Lehman Brothers’ financial trading, electric paint, soundsystem, custom code, voice soprano (Madge). 240 cm x 140 cm x 5 cm. Installation shot at the Victoria and Albert Museum
A New Evidence II, 2016