Demystification Committee

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Profit for All (2018)

The directors of two companies part of an international corporate structure set up by the Demystification Committee, agree to loan money held by one company to the other, so that it be distributed to the members of the borrowing company.

The lending company is registered in a tax haven and the money to be loaned results from a tax evasion scheme voted for by members of the international corporate structure.

The performance could be attended in person or followed via a live stream. A narrator describes the meeting unfolding on-stage for viewers both online and in the room: taken at face value, the directors of two independent companies are agreeing on a loan. However, an alternative narration of the same events is displayed to those in the room, contradicting the course of action by exposing the actual relationships between the two companies.

Profit for All played with the indeterminacy surrounding companies registered in tax havens, often existing solely in the form of documents scattered across a number of archives and, as such, accessible by specific people, in specific locations and at specific times. Both versions of events are true, as the accuracy of each narration is only assessable from the perspective which any viewer is afforded.

The performance was held on February 4, 2018, as part of transmediale festival in Berlin.

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