19 Oct 2012

In the context of the current economic and financial crisis in Europe, national governments have contributed enormous sums to the rescue of other European countries in debt, while often simultaneously cutting public spending at home. Consequently, many European citizens feel that they have little say in where their tax money is being spent and are demanding a more direct democracy in Europe; for instance in the form of referenda on European financial support programs. But what would happen if we all got a direct say in how public money is distributed on a European level? Would the end result be a solid public spending policy or merely poor compromises?

Friday, 19 October we promote a social experiment in the form of a raucous game show developed by art collective The People Speak.

Who wants to be...? is a social experiment in the form of a raucous game show developed by the art collective The People Speak. All visitors contribute 100 NOK in advance to enter the game, after which they brainstorm, argue, and vote on how to spend their collective money. Questions around value, worth and common ideals simmer under the surface of this ‘direct democratic game show’. A past performance of Who Wants To Be…? resulted in the collective purchase of a woodland, but participants have also proposed to fire the host and to simply get their money back. Everything is possible in Who Wants To Be…? What is certain is that you will have a direct say in the outcome.