Marx: The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret

10 Feb 2017

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Wimbledon Art Studios

London, United Kingdom


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  • Underground: Tooting Broadway
  • Rail: Earlsfield

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Monthly reading group for artists, curators, writers, researchers and anyone interested in the intersections between art practice and critical theory.


In February we're reading “The Fetishism of the Commodity and its Secret”, from Karl Marx's Capital: A Critique of Political Economy, first published 1867 in Hamburg.

A fetish is a man-made object that has been invested with certain properties and power. The object is thus perceived to be animated with power and influence. In fact, these properties have been transferred to the object by humans (producers or users), who lose their own power in the process. Marx uses the metaphor of the fetish to demonstrate that humans misperceive the social relations between people in their labour as ‘material relations between persons and social relations between things’. The concept of commodity fetishism can therefore be applied to other forms of reification, where abstract concepts are objectified in physical things that are considered to have intrinsic value.

The event is free but due to limited capacity booking is required. Please visit the website for more information, to book and download the shared document.

[SYMPOSIUM] is a supportive community of peers who get together to discuss their research interests around selected texts. Join us every second Friday of the month at a different venue. Everyone can propose and chair the reading of a text on a selective and voluntary basis.


Sophia Kosmaoglou

Katie Tysoe

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