The popular image of finance is numbers and charts, comprehensible only to those initiated in the craft. But numbers are expressions of stories we live with, and stories that drive finance are also driving our wellbeing, present and future. In this unique collaboration, artists Rachel Breen and Vienne Chan worked with Susanna Gibbons of the Carlson School of Management and her students at the Carlson Funds Enterprise to learn how to combine financial and artistic thinking to imagine a shared positive…
Allocating resources to causes and projects, finance plays a crucial role in shaping our world, whether positively or negatively. But what and who matters to financial markets? How can those who have been traditionally underserved by finance be heard? What influence can those who have been unaccounted for have, when accounted?
In this evening of open discussion, we will explore how we may assign a monetary value to things that are invaluable or difficult to value, such as the environment, care, and art. We will examine the question of social value—how it is the crux of the social contract that enables and supports financial activities, and whether this may render finance into a more equitable force for empowerment.
The evening will include Bodystorming: a choreographic method for rapid embodied modeling of complex processes—such as biological systems or financial markets. Bodystorming will be facilitated by Carl Flink and members of the Black Label Movement company. Everyone is invited to to opt in, out, and rejoin the movement whenever they wish. Bodystorming is accessible to persons of all physical abilities.
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ROLF NORDSTROM is the President and CEO of the Great Plains Institute that works across sectors to advance sustainable energy solutions. Rolf has served in the US Department of Energy, and contributed to the National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive report for Congress on the impacts of climate change in the U.S.
AARON SOJOURNER is a labor economist and associate professor at the Carlson School of Management, working on the effects of labor-market institutions on economic productivity, development of human capital in childhood, and behavioral economics.
BONNIE KEELER is assistant professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she works at the intersection of sustainability, science and environmental economics, with particular expertise in water management and policy.
ELAINE RASMUSSEN is a CEO of Social Impact Strategies Group (SISG), where she works to democratize access to capital by and for women and communities of color, designing community-centered strategies for philanthropy, investment and social entrepreneurs for positive, sustainable social impact.
KAREN HO is Associate Professor of Anthropology whose research centers on understanding and representing financial markets. She is the author of Liquidated: An Ethnography of Wall Street, Corporate Nostalgia, and most recently co-author of Gens: A Feminist Manifesto for the Study of Capitalism.
MARTIN CASE has researched the government signers of U.S.-Indian treaties for a dozen years. Along the way, he served on the design team for Why Treaties Matter, a traveling exhibit created by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Minnesota Humanities Center and Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian.
CARL FLINK is the Artistic director of the Minneapolis-based dance company Black Label Movement (BLM), and the director of the UMN Dance Program. Flink’s dancemaking is recognized for its intense athleticism, daring, and humanistic themes.
RACHEL BREEN is a visual artist who works at the intersection of drawing, installation and public engagement, exploring the relationship between consumers in the global North and garment workers in the global South.
VIENNE CHAN is an artist interested in socioeconomic issues and how finance can be better structured to meet social needs, and is part of the Finance, Law, and Economics working group by the Institute for New Economic Thinking
ABOUT ART & FINANCE
In this unique collaboration, artists Rachel Breen and Vienne Chan will collaborate with Susanna Gibbons of the Carlson School of Management and her students at the Carlson Funds Enterprise, and together learn how to combine financial and artistic thinking to create a shared positive vision for the future. Through the Carlson Funds Enterprise course, students get the opportunity to manage $35 million of real investment money. Rachel and Vienne will inject creative elements into the class that will challenge traditional modes of decision making, and deepen discussions around the values and consequences of their financial investments, enhancing everyone’s sense of social responsibility for decisions made in class and in the “real world.”