Why Derivatives?



I was drawn to the term "derivatives" because of its not-so-obvious and complex meaning. But I don't intend a concrete interpretation – it’s partly jest, partly provocation and also uncomfortably factual.

The word has been associated with the mass-destructive financial tool that nobody understands and is hard to value. It also brings to mind the moral and financial valuation of art, which is more notional than anything else – often greatly exaggerated and more often ignored. The question of value is fickle and fluctuant, the art world pricing works just the way financial markets value companies.

On the other side, "derivatives" brings up the question of originality – the prior systems and influences that every art has to be born from, without exception, and the games within these systems.