Participants at the Institute of Care’s “Playing Care” workshop, m-cult Helsinki, Oct. 2021

In Winter 2022, Weird Economies is working with artist and researcher Vienne Chan, who is developing an inquiry into the pension fund system and senior care at Sheffield, UK. During the term of her residency Chan is engaging with care workers to make a proposal for increasing funding for care work, a sector that is known to be underpaid. This project is a continuation of the Institute of Care, which was conceived in 2020 during a residency Chan held at M-Cult in Helsinki.

Vienne Chan approaches money as a medium of social sculpture and seeks ways of re-imagining it to better address social needs. She has held a European Media Art Platform (EMAP) residency at m-Cult in Helsinki (2020), a Weisman Art Museum Creative Collaboration residency with the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota (2019). Vienne holds a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus Universität Weimar, and was a recipient of a Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Scholarship. She is currently on the editorial board for the peer-reviewed journal, Money on the Left, and is a research associate at documenta Institute working with Mi You, professor of art and economies.