Ambiguity, boundaries, Credit crunch, currency, diable d'argent, Faust, Financial crisis, Fool, Fucker, Fugger, Goethe, In-between, libidinal economies, Mephistopheles, metaphor, Money Devil, Myth and the Market, Mythology, Paradox, trickster, xenospace
Last summer I attended a delightful two-day workshop entitled ‘Myth and the Market’ at the picturesque Ghan House on the banks of Carlingford Lough, Eire. The purpose was to explore various ways in which mythologies old and new are interpolated into market structures, processses and narratives. Markets are, of course, supposed to be entirely neutral, rational entities that can do no wrong, so the extent to which they are embedded in and produced from libidinal economies – distributions produced by desire, want, lust, love and hate – are important.
My contribution to this was a paper examining the particular relationship between the nature of money and three mythic embodiments of in-betweenness: Devil Trickster and Fool. Although modern economics has written this demonic connection out of its accounts of money, responses to the financial ‘crises’ of 2008 and since reveal that it is only ever just below the surface. My paper has now been written up as an article and accepted as part of a special Myth and the Market issue of the journal Culture and Organization. It will be published later this year. In the meantime, the manuscript is available here for those who just can’t wait (link below). In the unlikely event that anyone wants to cite it, please contact me for the most up to date details prior to publication.
For no particular reason in between sessions at the conference I built these on the beach of the Lough. All very mythic…probably.