stephanie syjuco


Black Markets

> Unsolicited Fabrications
> Color Theory Communication Transference
> Labor Relations (After Stickley, After Morris)
> Five Days Towards a New Modernism (Beijing)

> La Maison Tunisie
> Everything Must Go (Grey Market)

> Future Shock Nesting Boxes
> Wirtschafts-werte (Economic Values)
> Pacific Super
> Doppelgangers
> Werkstaat and Books & Disks
> Multi-User Interfaces
> Comparative Morphologies
> I Love Technology and Technology Loves Me

Self Constructions 









Wirtschafts-werte (Economic Values)

Foamboard, contact paper, industrial shelving
108" x 72" x 79"


I am in the process of making things that are at once counterfeit and paradoxically unique. This has included remaking (or “covering”—as in what a "cover band” does) a large-scale Joseph Beuys installation “Wirtschafts-werte (Economic Values),” but using my own visual vernacular and updated materials. I used a single image of the work taken from a book and scaled it up to what I thought would be the right size, and to the best of my ability. Originally executed by Beuys in 1980, “Wirtschafts-werte” used everyday packages of food (rice, dried peas, etc.) from East Germany as a symbol for units of social exchange--the worker’s productive and creative power, and the distribution of the product itself being alluded to in the work.

As an updated and “covered” version of this work, I am using my own “products” (the handmade foamboard “components” I’ve been producing for several years now) in an attempt to insert myself into a dialogue of how to re-address issues of social and productive exchange in a further complicated world of global capitalism and commodity exchange. How does one begin to approach Beuys’ ideas of social utopias, political activism, symbolism, and creative expression today? Can materials and commodities still be called upon to symbolize worker creativity? How have my own commodities/products/artwork entered a marketplace? As a reconfiguration of Beuys’ original work, I want to call attention to potentially generative and resuscitative applications of his concepts several decades later.

>>More information on Beuys' original work