pvi collective were invited to take part in artspace’s 52 artists 52 actions project.
an ambitious, year-long project highlighting artistic practice across the asia pacific. the project engages 52 artists and collectives to stage actions in unique, physical locations throughout the region and share them with global audiences on instagram and online. it is an open and experimental platform for the creation of new work around critical contemporary issues.
for our actions, we looked into the banking royal commission hearings. they revealed tales of reckless lending and gross foul play in the banking, superannuation and financial services industry. from bribery rings, to charging dead people, forged signatures and fraudulent financial advice, it is waaaay worse than we thought.
tiny revolutions against the banks included:
task: mobile money laundering service
action: set up a temporary money laundry facility outside one of the four banks offering general public the opportunity to clean their money in light of evidence presented at the banking royal commission
task: truthful advertising campaign
action: place ‘conbank’ alternative advertising campaign flyer inside commonwealth bank branches. flyers read: can your bank invoice you even when you are dead? conbank can.
task:allude to the fact that the bank should be closed
action:put up temporary signs early in the morning on the front doors of big four banks [anz, nab, comm bank, westpac]
signs were left on front windows and glass doors.
task: call foul on the bankers
action: station yourself outside a local bank dressed as a referee with whistle and red card. offer general public outside of banks if they would like their ‘free kick’ against the foul that has been made. if they agreed, the referee blowed the whistle and granted them the opportunity to air ‘kick’ at the bank.