A talk and presentation by Kathrin Böhm, explaining the artistic and economic concepts behind Company Drinks, and where they merge and support each other.
Company Drinks is an artist initiated drinks enterprise based in east London which practices and conceptualices possibilities within the arts to “take back the economy”. Company Drinks makes its full drinks production cycle publicly accessible to local residents, making use of a broad range of accessible and available local resources, and practicing the possibility for new commons. Company Drinks produces an annual drinks range with the involvement of more than 600 residents every year, where each single bottled drink becomes an embodiment, representation and demonstration of a new collectivity, productivity and identity in a so called ‘economically deprived’ neighbourhood.
The presentation will elaborate on how to reclaim everyday economies by artistic means, and start by situating Company Drinks in the overarching ecosystem of contemporary art.