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Hugo Edgar Mesquita

ESMAE Escola Superior de Música, Artes e Espectáculo, Instituto Politécnico do Porto

Is there a Crisis!?

A caustic monologue depicted as a short typographic animation, Hugo Edgar Mesquita's Is there a Crisis!? adopts the perspective of a nihilistic character to explore the current financial crisis as just one of many financial crises – seeing the bust as one of the most important (re)current events of our capitalist society. Drawing on the cold, analytical qualities of typographic design, Mesquita draws his character's argument toward Nikolai Kondratiev's theory of long-term 'waves' – business cycles that move from boom to depression over a period of 50 or 60 years – to suggest that it is our ignorance of the cyclical nature of the economic system that has lead to our current circumstances, but also, perhaps, that the 'crisis' is less severe than we might think...