From: Company of Limited Liabi-lity is a series of
drawings, in progress since 1996, that is concerned with the effects on
public space from economic power relationships that during the nineties
have been res-tructured once and for all and no longer face any ideological
competition. Public space refers not just to streets and plazas but especially
to the production, and hence also control, of images and their patterns
of significance, which reflect a trend in the society as a whole. "Neoliberalism"
as an ideology is introduced into all aspects of society as the equivalent
of the garrison decrees of the multinational corporations (reduction of
corporate, income, and trade taxes, tariffs, mass layoffs, and so on).
Committees overseeing downsizing are an absolute "must" for
every section of the public interest. The city -including its cultural
and social subsections - refers to itself as a "business" and
indulges in a pose of efficiency. Both on the municipal or state level,
this merely involves more simulation of competition (the philosopher's
stone of the market economy). Almost monthly the cartel lobbies of the
Orga-nization for Economic Cooperation and Deve-lopment - the G7+1 - agree
upon their terms of trade, which effectively imposes their economic policy
on the independent states in exchange for an offer to join the European
Community or NATO. This is all concealed under the euphemism of modernization.
"The mythology of efficiency can be described... as a well-considered
delirium. It must be refuted, either by thought or facts"1... or