Liquid Currency Bar


Created by artist Zoe Williams, the Liquid Currency Bar is a temporary venue for performances and events at Dortmunder Kunstverein, from 2022-2024.

The bar creates a parallel world, with its own laws. Its means of payment, the Liquid Currency, is a golden coin with the image of a gorgon's head which also ornates the bar with its spinning, dropping, and melting emblem. The currency plays on the idea of a liquid to subvert monetary value chains: Flowing consumption of urine-coloured liquids, bought in liquid currency, as a promise for pleasure - only for the liquids to be pissed out, returned to waste and water, the environment and ultimately back into our bodies. The excessive mix of gold rush and "golden shower" operates on the threshold between natural and artificial materials, between bodily experience and digital aesthetics, forging a conspiratorial community.

For the Kunstverein’s events, the Liquid Currency Bar is used for bar service and is also activated several times over the duration by the artist together with invited guests for performative and musical events. 

The Liquid Currency Bar features bespoke fingernail yellow latex fashion and spatial design artifacts by HYDRA (Anna Gloria Flores). The bar's soundtrack has been mixed by artist Katie Shannon.

03 February 2024: Algol Dissolved: blood, pain and seafoam – Zoe Williams & Guests
13 August 2022: Liquid Currency Bar – Zoe Williams with Susu Laroche, Katie Shannon and HYDRA (Anna Gloria Flores)


Zoe Williams (*1983 in Salisbury, lives in London and Marseille) works with sculpture, drawing, moving image and performance. Her works explore the reading and practice of rituals in contemporary societies and the influence of pressures of power, the politics of sex and the economics of production on our actions. They challenge notions of gender, the erotic, the artisanal, the magical, disgust and attraction, hedonism and excess.Her work has been exhibited internationally, among others at La Friche de la Belle de Mai, Marseille (2023), Somerset House, London (2022), Dortmunder Kunstverein (2022), Tate St Ives (2021), Mimosa House London (2019) and Riva Tunnel, Art Monte Carlo (2019).


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