Opening in Summer 2023 (dates to be confirmed), Economics the Blockbuster is a research and exhibition project, developed in collaboration between the Whitworth and Alliance Manchester Business School.
The project takes up economics as a social, as well as financial, set of relations; one that is shaped by us all through our everyday actions. Recognising the failures and limits of current systems, brought into sharp focus by the ongoing global impact of Covid-19, Black Lives Matter and climate catastrophe, the project uses artistic thinking to imagine and test other ways of living together. Over the next two years, the Whitworth will work with a range of practitioners, from artists, writers, and activists to environmentalists, bankers and technologists, to explore alternative economies.
The project will include an online research platform www.dpe.tools alongside wide-ranging activity such as artist commissions, residencies, workshops, teaching, social enterprise, publications, community projects and merchandise.