AglioMania (GarlicMania) refers to TulipoMania that took place in the early 17th century Netherland. During this time, tulip bulbs were traded for enormous prices. The market eventually crashed , thus the term bubble economy.
During Wealth of Nations / Spike Island exhibiiton at Bristol, UK (October 9 to November 28, 2010), AglioMania designates ONE fabulous garlic bulb as the object of pursuit and mobilizes a bidding frenzy. With expanded social network scheme, one pound garlic notes appropriated from Bank of England's wartime emergency release are distributed and accumulated. A la Joseph Beuys "Kunst = Kapital", Agliomania proposes "Friends = Kapital", the G-pounds are earned by having friends. Having friends accepting your invitation to join bidding makes you more G-pounds, thus more power to bid. The highest bidder finally gets the desired garlic bulb on display in the gallery.
|Concept/Direction||Shu Lea Cheang|
|Graphic Design||Fabio Lapiana|