27 January 2022 – 7:00 pm
A new artwork asks Kelowna residents if capitalism works for them.
The room called Capitalism works for me, true/false was installed outside the Kelowna Rotary Center of the Arts on Thursday, January 27, as part of the Living Things Festival, an international arts festival. The question posed to residents allows them to select a “yes” or “no” option and keeps track of the score.
“Steve Lambert asks a question too often buried in our public discourse: does capitalism really work? The artist has built an interactive street-level billboard that allows citizens to reflect on their own lives and beliefs; you could call it an ideological scoreboard, with scores, refreshed daily, and facilitators trained by Lambert himself to engage in conversation with attendees,” according to the festival’s webpage.
Lambert said in a video that the piece was created because people believe they can vote and make decisions about how governments work, but don’t believe they have the same agency with the economy.
“We can do better, there are endless options, changes we could make, but it starts with assessing whether or not capitalism is working for you,” he said in the video.
The exhibit will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. today, Jan. 27 and 28, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 29 and 30, according to the Kelowna Art Gallery.
The Living Things Festival runs until February 6. To find a complete list of events, visit the festival website here.
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