On a Long Enough Timeline the Survival Rate for Everyone Drops brings illusionist methodology to short selling. The stage performance introduces the audience to a magic trick performed on the financial markets. And invites you to be part of the speculation.
In the project short selling and magic are seen beyond their common meanings. It explores short selling as a financial weapon and magic in the tradition of ‘conspiracy magic’, where the magicians make use of their techniques and methods beyond the stage, in the world at large.
The financial term ‘short selling’ refers to selling something you do not own. Making a profit of this something – a company, nation, currency or commodity – if and when it looses in value. Successful short sellers commonly trade in the narratives of failure, fraud and corruption, since dire findings and rumours are what help realize their short positions.
Both short sellers and magicians are in the business of redirecting people’s perception of reality. They dependent on secrecy, as neither of them want to expose their methods in order to be successful.
Malin Nilsson is a leading magical entertainer who has collaborated with Goldin+Senneby since 2011. She has performed at the world famous cabaret stage Chat Noir in Oslo, in Spain, Portugal, and Germany. She has also been a guest at the Royal Theatre of Drama in Stockholm and given almost 70 shows at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.
On a Long Enough Timeline the Survival Rate for Everyone Drops to Zero commissioned by Checkpoint Helsinki was performed from 25 to 27 May 2015 in Helsinki at Cirko.
Seminar on Magic, Art and Finance, moderated by curator Jussi Koitela, took place on 27th at 1–5 pm at Cirko.