The Chicago Boys is a concept of a band. Named after the economics that were educated by Milton Friedman and soon went out to restructure Chili’s national economy, the Chicago Boys perform songs by bands from the seventies that opposed neo liberal policies. Firstly established in London when artist Hiwa K took residency at Serpentine Gallery’s Edgware Road Project The Chicago Boys already toured internationally before coming to the Netherlands in 2011. In the Netherlands Casco and If I Can’t Dance, I don’t wanna be part of your revolution enabled the artist and his collaborators to tour the Netherlands.
They did so in order for the 1970s revival band and neo-liberalism study group to meet up with more thinkers, singers, artists, readers, both residential and international. The outcome: a mixture between performance and concert. No wonder with band members that were not expected to ever have played an instrument before. The intriguing thing about the project lies in its’ mixture of exactly that: a research and a live show, fitting the idea of Hiwa K whose interests lies in different modes of informal knowledge. The songs however were performed well and made the audiences nod along and even dance. Dutch readers might click . For all others the Casco website highlights numerous links to songs played, video’s shown and books read.