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The Art of War

PhD Candidate Jan Peter Hammer's doctoral project

Academic summary

The artistic research project The Treasure Hunt is an speculative investigation into the reward-oriented logics of contemporary capitalism, where treasure refers to both the ‘cultural treasures’ of the art market and the everyday incentives of the nudge economy. Drawing on the tradition of the essay film, but attempting to expand it both spatially and conceptually, the project explores the connections between an array of seemingly disparate phenomena: the global antiquities trade, the history of metal detecting, the expansion of cognitive capitalism, and the legacies of behaviourism in everyday ‘gamification’ of contemporary globalised culture, ranging from leisure to war.

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Project title The Treasure Hunt
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Department Academy of Fine Art
  1. Jan Peter Hammer, Dani Gal & Ivone Margulies: PhD midterm presentation: Jan Peter Hammer with Dani Gal & Professor Ivone Margulies (2018). Other presentation. More information
  2. Jan Peter Hammer: DUG (2018). Film. More information

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