Conversation: Mohammad Salemy, »Global Art as a Cloud-based World System Practice«
Artists have always traveled distances to spread images and infest minds with new ideas, but in no period in history have they spent so much time in corridors of international travel to make a living and build their careers. The precarious easyJet setters of today’s art world unpack what they carry for a few days, then pack again and leave for the next destination. The traveling global art world is very much akin to the political economy of free ports, where masses of art are kept safe these days as long-term investment. Global art functions today like bitcoin, a self-aggregating system which, by taking a clear account of its own activity, generates new and non-existing value and then re-injects this new wealth into general economy.