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Jargon repurposed: the Investment Advisor

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PP: What do you do for a living?
YY: I’m an Investment Advisor specialised in crypto-currency market research.

PP: What does that entail?
YY: I interrogate the relationship between supply and demand through the inherent abstraction in concepts such as currency, globalisation, power… My research is essentially framed within ideas of neo-capitalism and cyber-speculation in technology-driven markets.

PP: What inspires you? / What inspired you to become an Investment Advisor?
YY: I think there is an element of satisfaction and empowerment in seeing, from a comfortable perspective, people who are unable to afford the lifestyle that only a few can have. I am therefore interested and inspired by the speculative gentrification of the digital space in recent years.

(Brecht reference, ‘The Good Woman of Setzuan’ play)

PP: What’s your most notorious piece of work?
YY: I would say my most notorious (and expensive) piece to date is my first ever interactive spreadsheet, which was sold by Sotheby’s as an NFT for 13 Bitcoin. The implications in the birth of this new market, of the intangible yet exclusive, are probably the most exciting and mesmerising phenomenon of our time.

Pablo Paillole

Pablo Paillole works with moving image, sound, text and photography to explore the relationship between popular culture and politics; fiction and reality; past, present and future. ​ Through his audiovisual installations – often personal and inspired by his own Spanish cultural heritage – he asks questions around the concepts of truth, narrative and history using archival media and found footage. His interest in archival media the ‘constructedness’ of information originally emerged in response to fake news and the way image-making mechanisms condition belief or plausibility. He interrogates the extent to which fictional characters and narratives bleed into the world’s socio-political reality, as well as reinforcing the archive’s authority and power against misinformation. Concerned with these overlapping opposites (fiction and reality, past and present) his practice stands as a necessary form of resilience against fake informational content that has proven to be a key agent in recent elections across the globe. Therefore, Pablo Paillole’s interdisciplinary art practice intends to re-interpret the conventional narrative construction processes; to disentangle the media’s conglomerate of fictional and factual content; and to fully acknowledge our past in order to understand our present.

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