Forms of Ownership (Vienne Chan, Alan Cunningham, Boris Oicherman & OPA: Slobodanka Stevceska, Denis Saraginovski)


Vienne Chan (HK)
Alan Cunningham (IE)
Boris Oicherman (US)
Slobodanka Stevceska (MK)
Denis Saraginovski (MK)
Forms of Ownership is a research agency and think tank consisting of lawyers, economists, scientists and artists. We undertake advanced investigations in socio-economic relationships and structures for development. Our work explores new forms of organisation to respond to technological and political challenges. OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression) is a collaboration founded in 2001 by the visual artists Slobodanka Stevceska and Denis Saraginovski. OPA’s work is context based, it often involves parody, created reality, mockumentaries, tactical media, over-identification and subversive affirmation strategies. The project “Propaganda Office” was made in collaboration with Sofia Grigoriadou.
Care Project Administration (2020)

Care is a defining characteristic that separates humans from machines. Forms of Ownership looked at different aspects of care in three works:

The Care Manifesto: Proposal for an Exhibition A model for a parallel currency to promote a case based economy (Vienne Chan, Boris Oicherman)

Money is not a fixed object; it is a representation of rights to resources, and as such it is a social medium. It is a medium that shapes much of society. This project approaches money as an artistic medium and constructs a model for a care-based economy, with a specific focus on financing elderly care.
Approaching money as an allocation of rights rather than as an object, we look beyond zero sum narratives towards how care could be better economically represented, and perhaps even re-define the economic stories that shape much of our social lives. We look at how social relationships can be organised for a successful parallel currency to address the lack of financing care work receives. Money as an allocation of rights to resources is more than just a medium of exchange and trade; we must look beyond private interests towards the relationship between money and public social infrastructure.

Instructions for Proper Care Care as physical embodiment beyond codification (Alan Cunningham)

Beyond the economic or legal framework for elevating the act of care is an unquantifiable aspect, an aspect that cannot be codified – perhaps an aspect best defined only in opposition to legal or economic regimes, and thus requiring their framework in any event. How do we prepare for acceptance of care given, something equally as problematic given the societal mythologies of autonomy, independence, etc, so deeply embedded in constructions of the self and the econo-legal framework. By a respectful reaction against econo-legal protection and in exploring the embodied act of care given and accepted in the context of everyday interactions/reaction toward, for example, limb impairment (and the important aspect of requirement/expectation of dexterity) we hope to present some alternate understandings of care as embodied act per se.

Propaganda Office The influence of narratives on economics and in turn, people’s capacity for care (OPA)

The project analyzes and develops propaganda mechanisms as tools that could function and be applied in the context of care as common good. We explore how narratives can transform individually driven action into a socially beneficial outcome.

See tech rider here: The Care Manifesto
See tech rider here: Instructions for Proper Care