The Museum of Contemporary Cuts (MoCC) is an artwork that was launched at the AND (Abandon Normal Devices) Festival in Manchester as part of the exhibition What Have I Done to (De)serve this?, curated by Omark Kholeif and Sarah Perks.
MoCC is an artwork and curatorial vagary that comes to physical existence in different venues across the world. The AND Festival was where its first office and international premiere took place. Since then the Museum of Contemporary Cuts has become an international project that has generated international shows: The Vision of the Market by Bill Balaskas, No Detectable Level by Tom Corby and Gavin Baily, Decoding the Flow by Paolo Cirio, Mark Amerika and others.
The Museum of Contemporary Cuts addresses issues related to the economic crisis and the relationship between politics, finance and art. What is the role of contemporary art in addressing social issues? Should art and economics be totally unrelated? And are they really unrelated in a context where money has a stronghold on peoples lives? In the contemporary context of economic exploitation the Museum of Contemporary Cuts represents a place where to freely discusses the blurring boundaries between artists, critics and curators, in a sector, that of the creative industries, where the multiplication of roles, the increase in working hours and the lowering of wages represents an extension of ‘budget cutting.’
Future manifestations of the Museum of Contemporary Cuts will be at the Venice Biennale, the Istanbul Biennial, Tate Modern and MoMA.
Although it is an artwork the Museum of Contemporary Cuts mission is to:
- Collect documentation of the current economic crisis and cuts;
- Document the trajectories and methodologies of artists, curators and cultural operators;
- Document art projects that focus on the representation of the relationship between art and economics;
- Commission new artworks;
- Collaborate with international curators who will become guest curators and affiliates of MoCC.