biography

foreign investment (FI) is a work of art and the close collaboration of an artist collective based in the UK initiated between actions, objects and performance. Our selected interventions could be described as open manipulations of every-day rituals, such as the exchange of a coin for an object. foreign investment has been banking with gold, jokes, eggs and laughter. From the worthless or ephemeral to the beautiful and the tasty, foreign investment brings things on the table, or in other words, our trademark is the action which takes place around a table.
selected exhibitions – public interventions – performances
2016 LOST live performance in collaboration with Dickson Mbi for Widl New Territories book launch, curators: Ron den Daas/ Kathy Kenny, The Linnean Society London 2016 FOUR WORDS part of Liverpool Provocations: A series of artistic interruptions, curator Alan Dunn, Media Wall, Liverpool 2014 A SQUARE FOOT OF SKY, curator: Ying Kwok, Oil Street Art Space, Royal Yacht Club, Hong Kong 2012/13  SKY MILE part of Wild New Territories, Canada House, Trafalgar Square and Camley Nature Reserve, London and Botanical Museum, Dahlem, Berlin 2011 EVERYTHING MUST GO, curator: Ying Kwok, commissioned by CFCCA, Manchester 2010 GOLD FOR OSLO produced by Mesen, Galleri Format, Norway 2010 TOPPING OUT in 3 acts, commissioned by the Arts Council England, Manchester 2009 THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION DINNER part of The Fifth Floor Project at Tate Liverpool 2008 MOONSHINE WALK, St.Helens, Sutton Manor, Channel4 Big Art projects 2008 DEPTFORD GOLD EXCHANGE for Deptford X (winner of the Macdonald Egan Award) 2007 PROMENADE © 2007 Dias & Riedweg, Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon, performing: Foreign Investment, Frieze Art Fair, sculpture exhibition, Regents Park, London 2006 OP.3 commissioned by Bluecoat Art Centre, Liverpool for Good Diversions 2006 SUPERMEN II,  Film night at FACT, Liverpool, a film animation based on a live performance by 24 men in dark suits, inspired by 9/11. 2005 THE VENICE ORATORY, Neighbours in Dialogue, Venice Agendas IV, 51st Venice Biennale curator: Wiliam Furlong 2005 BREEDING, New European Feminism, Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester 2005 SUNDAY MATINEE, commissioned by FACT, Liverpool 2005 GOOD MORNING CAMBERWELL, curator: Mark Macgowen, Yesvember, House Gallery London 2003 SUPERMEN part of Intervention, curator: Kathy Kenny, commissioned by John Hansard Gallery, Southampton 2001 GOLD FOR EVERYBODY Trajectories, Funarte, Rio de Janeiro 2001 HOYA a round the island yacht sailing race, Southampton. 2000 BREEDING, Civilisation and its Discontents part of Other Modernities, curator: Michael Asbery, The London Institute Gallery  1999 POKER, Cultural Capital Outrage & Exchange, curator: Oreste, 48th Venice Biennale 1999 DUTY FREE, Gasworks, London, curator: Peter Cross. 1999 BREEDING, Civilisation and its Discontents, part of Leisure & Survival, curator: Dr. Sylvia Eiblmeier, Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck, Austria 1997 Gold X Change Curator: Beral Madra, BM Contemporary Art 5th Istanbul Biennale Fringe kindly supported by the British Council. 1996 THE BEGINNING of a work of art: foreign investment
our gratitude to all our supporters, especially the Arts Council England for their support
Catalogues/ Publications
2014 Collector Club presented by Leisure & Cultural Service Dept. organised by OI, Hong Kong
2007 Butler, D and Reis, V (ed), Art Of Negotiation, Cornerhouse and Arts Council, featuring Sunday Matinee
2006 Venice Agendas, Tuning-in Opus2, The Venice Oratory, London
2005 The Global Resistance Reader, edited byLoise Amoore, Routledge, ISBN 0-415-33584-1Chapter: 33, p. 379 Carnival of money: politics of dissent in an era of globalizing finance, Marieke de Goede
2005 Housework, FACT, Liverpool
2004 Supermen, DVD and artists pages, commissioned by Performance Research (vo.9, no.2, June; ISSN, 352-8,65)
2004 Yesvember, Camberwell College, University of the Arts and Art Review
2000 Trajectories, Rio de Janeiro
2000 Other Modernities, London
1998 Operational Review, London
1998 Gold X Change, BM Contemporary Art, Istanbul
Awards/Grants
2005 Wimbledon School of Art, Travel Grant, Tuning-in Opus 2, The Venice Oratory
2001 British Council Travel Grant, Trajectories, Rio de Janeiro
2000 British Council Travel Grant, Poker, Basel, Switzerland
1999 North West Arts Board, Travel Grant, Venice Biennale
1998 1988 Arts 4 All, Arts Council of England, Laughing Stock Exchange, Liverpool,
1997 British Council Travel Grant, Istanbul, BM Contemporary Art Center
* Please note conceptionally the work of foreign investment is not publicly presented under individual names.

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