The Decapitation of Money

Goldin+Senneby, The Decapitation of Money, 2010 Installation view, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris


Goldin+Senneby as their spokesperson and fills a dual purpose, like other participants in Looking for Headless, as the person presenting the project to the public, and as the one who is generating material that will form the body of an ongoing crime story. A ghost writer then compiles the material for the crime novel Headless.

This requires the artists themselves to become characters in the continuous exploration of how a novel is created. Once we know this, it influences the perspective of all the people involved, including myself. Looking for Headless dramatises and regulates everything that comes in its way, transforming it into performance. And since this performance appears to be orchestrated and controlled from a hidden place, the work plays on our paranoia.

In the book Headless a link is enacted between the Bahamasregistered offshore company Headless Ltd and the aptly-named secret political group created by Georges Bataille in the late 1930s, Acéphale (headless). One of Acéphale’s key strategies was to evade publicity and remain secret, which, in turn, gave rise to a plethora of legends regarding the group’s actual activities. By presenting evasion as a political, economic and artistic strategy, Goldin +Senneby illustrate how the issue of the boundary between the open and the closed, the secret and the public, is constructed and works.

Goldin + Senneby

Since 2004
Based in Stockholm


2007 + 2004 Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm

Selected solo exhibitions

2010 The Decapitation of Money, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris [FR]
2008 Headless. From the Public Record, Index, Stockholm
2008 Goldin + Senneby: Headless, The Power Plant, Toronto [CA]

Selected group exhibitions

2010 Uneven Geographies, Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham [UK]
2008 In the Living Contact, 28th Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo [BR]
2008 Data Recovery, GAMeC, Bergamo [IT]

Selected bibliography

Gregory Burke, Ana-Paula Cohen, Kim Einarsson, Hinrich Sachs, Goldin + Senneby: Headless, The Power Plant, Toronto, 2009.
Christiane Paul, Digital Art, Thames & Hudson, London, 2008: s./pp. 241–243.
Kim Einarsson, “Nameless Acting”, Geist #11, 12, 14, Stockholm, 2007–08: s./pp. 105-117.

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