Kafka on the Shore

McKewen, Daniel (2014) Kafka on the Shore. [Visual Artwork]

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Kafka On The Shore consists of three simple concrete letterforms floating on a gallery wall. Reminiscent of minimalist sculpture, the mathematical expression of the letterforms states that ‘r’ is greater than ‘g’. Despite this material simplicity, the solemn presentation of the formula suggests a sense of foreboding, a quiet menace. The work was created as a response to the economic theories of Thomas Piketty presented in his book Capital in the Twenty-First Century. The primary finding of Piketty’s data-driven research is the formula presented by the work; that historically, wealth and inequity both flourish when the rate of return on capital (r) is greater than the rate of economic growth (g). With this simple mathematical summary the book acts as a sobering indictment on the present state of economic inequality.

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ID Code: 94149
Item Type: Creative Work (Visual Artwork)
Refereed: No
Funders: Australia Council
Material: Modified gypsum and acrylic polymer
Measurements or Duration: 3 parts, 245 x 91 x 10 cm total (approx.)
Location: From date: To date:
Milani Gallery, Brisbane 2014-11-13 2014-11-29
Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, Brisbane 2015-09-12 2015-11-08
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Keywords: Contemporary Art, Sculpture, Economics, Inequality
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting) (190502)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Daniel McKewen
Deposited On: 24 Mar 2016 00:40
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2016 04:52

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