GLI ASSI CARTESIANI E IL FUOCO. UN NUOVO PARADIGMA PER UN ́ECONOMIA SOSTENIBILE (CARTESIAN AXES AND FIRE. A NEW PARADIGM FOR A SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY) in collaboration with Andrea Calzolari 2019

In order to outline a new economic paradigm, one that leaves space for those who think differently than the “homo economicus”, we have chosen two rudimentary Cartesian axes, one vertical and one horizontal. In the vertical axis, a pyramid-shaped structure made of iron, we represent the future as we would like it, following a model presented by two sociologists, Maria Mies and Veronika Bennholdt, called The Hinterland of Money. According to this model, the vertex of the pyramid is the monetary part of our existence, which literally rests on (takes advantage of, broadly speaking) activities and resources that are unpaid, such as personal consumption, family work, volunteering, the exploitation of ex-colonies, the contribution of nature, etc. It is a real open model, where all the components of economic, social and natural progress are connected. The horizontal Cartesian axis represents the past, the history of human kind, our origins. In particular, it symbolically recalls the cult of Mother Earth. The two rudimentary axes, one vertical (the future) and one horizontal (the past) mark the curve of reality as it is perceived, or perceived with difficulty, today. In order to illustrate this economic paradigm between imaginary Cartesian axes, an expert in finance and microfinance told a story, while a cook cared for the feast. The drum calls for gathering. The guest is immersed in a convivial atmosphere by participating in a practical memory experience, the oral story of a new sustainable economic paradigm. The fireside is the womb of Mother Earth. The ceramic pots are her breasts that give the offering. Offering bread to Mother Earth measures the excess of capital, transforming it through fire into return. The burned herbs are an intense olfactory experience. The feminine practice of cooking and taking care of the feast actualize the possibility of the offering. We enter a dimension of sharing instead of maximization. The circle of the feast is the place to taste the food and discuss knowledge.

 

 

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bow to the earth convivial circle

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