Basil Al-Rawi

64 Billion Revolutions

64 Billion Revolutions, video still, 2014

  64 Billion Revolutions is a sculptural and temporal response to the 2010 bailout of the Irish banking sector. Years of unsustainable property development fuelled by negligent lending practices and a global financial downturn plunged Ireland into a grave economic crisis in 2008. A severe programme of fiscal austerity followed, forcing tens of thousands into unemployment, poverty and emigration. Anglo Irish Bank’s fraudulent practices exacerbated the extent of the crisis. This project takes the skeletal remains of the defunct Anglo Irish Bank HQ in Dublin as it’s subject. The title refers to the total cost of the bank bailout and the number of full revolutions of the carousel; an impossible figure to observe.