This is an archived page from the Website Archive of British artist Ellie Harrison from Version 3.0 (active 2008 - 2015). New website:

last updated
15th July 2015

Transactions was made to accompany the large installation The History of Financial Crises as part of the exhibition Transfers and Actions at Mejan Labs in Stockholm, Sweden in April 2009. The idea was to begin to contrast the large seemingly removed global catastrophes within capitalism, with each individual’s complicit micro-involvement in this system.

Transactions also marked what could be seen as a minor relapse following Ellie’s decision to quit ‘data collecting’. For the duration of the exhibition, Ellie agreed to send an SMS message to the mobile phone installed in the gallery every time she made a financial transaction (large or small). As-and-when this occurred the phone’s alert triggered a movement from the dancing Coke can. The SMS messages containing details of the item / service purchased were archived in the phone’s memory for visitors to view.

A modified version of Transactions will feature as part of the Capitalyst programme at Catalyst Arts, Belfast in summer 2009. This time however, rather than Ellie collecting information about her own financial transactions the task will fall to the gallery’s seven directors and a record of the SMS messages they send to the phone will be archived on the Catalyst Arts website.

Exhibition History

16 April - 7 June 2009, Mejan Labs, Stockholm
12 May - 31 July 2009, Catalyst Arts, Belfast
7 - 28 August 2010, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin
7 - 28 November 2010, Market Gallery, Glasgow
30 April - 1 May 2011, Trajector Art Fair, Brussels
1 November - 17 December 2011, Vane, Newcastle
20 April 2012 - 7 May 2012, Art Lending Library, Glasgow International
3 May - 5 June 2014, Art Lending Library, Crown Street Gallery, Darlington