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LOTTERY ECONOMICS

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LOTTERY ECONOMICS

Before being confronted with Manhattan based child education I didn’t understand what a lottery principle personally meant. I looked at it only as an insanely disproportionate medium of exchange that collects usually money from the low income segment of people – at least those population I see at state lottery ticket venders - to benefit some ridiculously few lucky once. In our case, I have learnt that this economic principle tries to get away with drastic social injustice by privileging some educational institutions and leaving the rest in disarray. Since access to those few fine schools is not monetarily regulated or through obvious nepotism the lottery serves as a fine instrument to reduce application numbers in the hundreds to the very few numbers a place can accept and handle logistically. It is also a fig leaf to re-institute the necessary selection processes by upgrading it to more sophisticated level where in most cases pre-k credit and behavioral indicators played as much a role as recommendations and zip codes. This is the reason why Marx 4 Kids was also getting the LOTTERY ECNOMICS logo.

Saying all this, I want to point out that when the lottery is a real lottery the mathematic numbers are against winning and it is a secular believe system that has replaced real vertical mobility in real disadvantaged strata from where most single dollars stream upwards. But the lottery is now also more and more used as a pseudo-democratic level playing hidden instrument to cover big social, racial and economic injustice keeping the hope of the hopeless up. LOTTERY ECONOMICS not only plays with this systemic aspect of injustice but obviously also alludes to the other end of the economic slide where people play the stock market and invest recklessly into any kind of assets not matter what the consequences. There the equation usually is the higher the risk the bigger the return but as we have learned from the 2008 financial crisis that in the days of “too big to fail” losses get socialized and picked up by the state and gains stay individualized within corporate and private hands. Hence, the real lottery principal – for which I do not want to advocate - is once more twisted and perverted.

My LOTTERY ECONOMICS designs was the result of all my material leftovers which I first assessed with a small model for each silhouette. This explains why some of the dresses were showing signs and negative forms of other dresses and why the shapes are the way they are. I really appreciated the randomness of this recycling process that tried to use sense of the mostly thick pure felt fabrics that costs about 200 dollars a square foot. Aleatoric circumstantial beauty out of recycled products is definitely something our overstuffed world should appreciate more. Apart of the title each work had the first conceptual about 10 cm big mini-model added which helped me to make the final design added.

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This segment is made with the left overs of the felt I haven't used at this moment.

Over the entire night, 2 days before rapping it all up, i laid out all the rest I still had, made mini models and arranged the stuff

during all the day long we adjusted it on ROMANA. Needless to say, the randomness is part of the concept and reflects the unjust nature of what I call LOTTERY ECNOMICS.

The lottery is the new opium of the people. Pseudo-randomness rules and keeps minds docile and makes injustice look acceptable.

design assistance and production Yesayan Hasmik, modelling: Shi Yi Fan (pianist), Laura Hunt (artist) ,  Alissa Mckendrick, (artist)

 

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lottery economics / COMME des MARXISTS, 2013  - modeling Alissa, eye wear: Oscar Magnuson

 

 

 

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS,  BLACK LIGHT BLUE, 2013

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LOGO FELT belongs to everybody(TM) is added.

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS,  BLUE YELLOW, 2013

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(jasmin . bitte das zeichen  hinzufugen.- siehe unten)

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(jasmin . bitte das zeichen austauschen )

 

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commme des marxists.. hier genau abschneiden

 

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS,  MAGENTA RED BLACK, 2013

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS,  BLUE BLACK, 2013

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(jasmin . bitte das zeichen austauschen )

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS,  YELLOW MAGENTA, 2013

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(jasmin . bitte das zeichen austauschen )

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(Jasmin. bitte das konzept noch oben links.. unter der linken achsel )

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COMME DES MARXISTS, LOTTERY ECONOMICS, WHITE FELT ON BLACK SILK, 2013

 

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three pieces--- worked with rest .--- white -- random cut left overs.. ricycling --- with logo

two with strip hangers , one seperate

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