Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Melanie Gilligan, CA

Crisis in the Credit System (2008) is a four-part drama about the financial crisis, written and directed by Melanie Gilligan. A major investment bank runs a brainstorming and role-playing session for its employees, asking them to come up with strategies for coping with the dangerous financial climate at that time. Role-playing their way into increasingly bizarre scenarios, they find themselves drawing disturbing conclusions about the deeper significance of the crisis and its effects beyond the world of finance. The video work was made specifically to be viewed and distributed via internet and was released in October, 2008, eerily coinciding with some of the most dramatic events of the global financial crisis.