Julien Previeux
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A la recherche dy miracle economique (looking for the economic miracle) ink and ink-jet printing on paper, 2006-2007.

In this series of drawings the iconic texts of modern economic thinking — Karl Marx, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, et al.— are used to predict the future. The chosen mode of decipherment is known as the Bible Code and was used by medieval monks to extract hidden meanings from scripture. Thus the artist fills the margins of Capital and The Wealth of Nations with a diffuse mass of dates, facts and names of personalities linked by arrows pointing up kinships and cause and effect relationships; and the result, at the end of a tedious process of decipherment, is images of an obscure, chaotic reality, a succession of financial scandals and economic crises instead of the hoped-for miracle.