Amund Sjølie Sveen (NO)

Economic Theory for Dummies

33% insight
33% lecture
34% crisis
In times of the global financial crisis, when old answers no longer suffice to describe the world, let alone set it right, we may need to reformulate the questions. Or perhaps not leave the answers to the alleged experts. There are in any case very fundamental questions that need to be asked anew. Questions that cut to the core of what we really take for granted: why does money exist in the world? Who needs loans, who needs banks? Why is growth important? Is human nature really made for the liberal market economy? And can economists provide answers that are not already ideologically misshapen?
So many imponderables, so few reliable solutions. For all those who have come to mistrust professional expertise on this matter, Amund Sjølie Sveen is holding a crash course in economy at steirischer herbst. So that in future we can try to find questions and answers ourselves. With the aid of his entertaining and informative performance lectures, Sveen has made important contributions to people’s education on several occasions in the past. Particularly on the subject of highly complex issues. For example on the link between art, crude oil and happiness in his home country Norway, the richest country in the world. Or on what grounds, war and arms trading have to do with each other. Sveen pulls out all the stops of multimedia presentation art in his performances. Even the musical instruments that he plays are specially (at)tuned to the topic.
herbst remixed. Videoimpressionen zum Projekt.
Inspirations, challenges, contexts, background: a short interview with Amund Sjølie Sveen about the process of working and researching on “Economic Theory for Dummies”.

By and with Amund Sjølie Sveen

Dramaturgy Kira Kirsch
Production Direction Dominik Jutz
Production Annika Strassmair
Technical Direction Karl Masten
Light Martin Habersack
Sound Julian Abuzahra

Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Barents Spektakel Festival & New Theater Institute of Latvia
Supported by Culture Council Norway

Dates and Facts


Fri 20/09 & Sat 21/09, 19.30

Ex-Zollamt / Explosiv

8 €
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English language

Talk following the second performance

Shuttle services from Vienna and Linz