Fierce Festival 2019 / Birmingham, UK / 15 – 20 October

Burning The Books; Debt, Art and Being Human / Alinah Azadeh / Tues 4th June

This project by Alinah Azadeh seems especially relevant in our current climate. Great to see more artists engaging directly with economics. . .

Tuesday June 4th, 11am – 1pm. Free.

Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, Houghton St, WC2A 2AE, St. Clements Building, 3rd Floor, Room 314/315

There is no debt without story. Take a moment to reflect on and engage in a dialogue about debt other than the one you may think is on offer here. Come and hear about this public encounter and digital project, in collaboration with debtors and creditors everywhere and preparing to tour nationally.

On May 18th 2013, artist Alinah Azadeh publicly recited and burned £100,134,274 of unpaid financial debt and a whole spectrum of immeasurable debts, contained in the 68 stories she was given, in an act of imaginary absolution, hosted by Blank gallery. These came out of a period of encounters on the streets of Portslade, near Brighton, as well as from many entries received through Some of these stories are still there and can be browsed for inspiration. They spanned the financial, emotional ,social, ecological, political and psychic – unpaid loans, unrequited love, lost lives, political repression, ecological damage, family feuds, missed opportunities, love and gratittude..

The Book of Debts, Volume 3 is now open to entries online, and Azadeh invites the community of LSE and other invited guests to contribute, question and engage with the project as part of her seminar on June 4th, 11am. She will be reciting some of the texts from the final event as well as giving background and raising questions around the moral confusion that the construct of debt seems to be creating in both personal, social and wider political spheres.

This marks the culmination of an R+D period, supported by Arts Council England. The project is currently working towards a proposed touring period, starting in Birmingham where the current Volume (III) will be burnt, through Fierce, on October 20th. To contribute to The Book of Debts, Vol III now and find out more: