Parasite Lottery

A pilot version of a collective lottery system for art organizations in the Netherlands and their communities

Parasite Lottery, developed together with the Casco team, is a pilot collective lottery system for art organizations in the Netherlands and their communities. Adapting and fusing a lottery model for art funding that survives despite the dwindling of other cultural budgets and arisan, a commons-oriented micro-crediting system popular in Indonesia, Parasite Lottery invites a number of art organizations together as bidders, winners and hosts of lottery drawing events that are open to the public. The winners receive a sum of money to be used as a “fee for deviation”. In other words, the prize money should be spent on something that the winning organization would usually never have the budget for. For example, the money could equally be spent on “doing nothing”, just as it could be used for a project that was otherwise not possible, due to a lack of financial resources.

Beyond the prize itself, Parasite Lottery is a collective exploration of chance effects, not just in the thrill of winning, but also through a series of gatherings that will take place around it, including talks, food, and music. The latter produced by Wok The Rock in collaboration with Berlin and Yogyakarta-based musician Frau (Leilani Hermiasih). These invoke key issues relating to cultural policies and their effects on art organizations, ranging from austerity measures and precarity to the debt economy, and questions concerning sustainability and solidarity.