• Installation
  • Free

Capitalism Works For Me! True/False

Showing on Jan 20-24

Playing at Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

Steve Lambert, USA

Steve Lambert’s installation is nothing if not blunt: the artist has constructed an interactive, street-level billboard that allows citizens to vote on capitalism in its relation to their own lives, with the tally reset each day. One could call the project an ideological scorecard, or an implicit index of popular happiness. By framing the issue in personal terms, Lambert provokes respondents into examining their own choices and standards—it’s an end-run around the dissociation we so often fall victim to when discussing ideology.

Speaking of discussion, Lambert is willing to take things further than a simple yes/no binary: hosts will be on-site at the installation, ready to engage passers by in conversations about their lifestyles, their beliefs, and any other topic that falls under the enormous umbrella of capitalism. Inspired, accessible, and generative, this work dares to put forth a question that our leaders work so hard to bury, but which we have a right— even a duty—to consider.

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Artist Bio

Steve Lambert

Sixteen countries, four continents, over a thousand compatriots: those are the numbers on genial provocateur Steve Lambert. A master of the large-scale art event, he has taken it to the streets with comedy, theatre, visual art, and more—political change is the goal, and public participation is the means. An assistant professor at SUNY Purchase, Lambert is also the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism.


Vancouver Public Library, Central Library

350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver


  • January 20 at 4:00-8:30
  • January 21 at 11:30-4:00
  • January 22 at 11:30-4:00
  • January 23 at 11:30-4:00
  • January 24 at 11:30-4:00


Free event, no reservation or ticket necessary


Available in ASL, more info and schedule below

Low Vision Friendly, sighted guides are available upon request

This experience is Extra Live, meaning it is always a Relaxed

One of our hosts is Deaf and uses ASL to communicate. Their schedule will be updated here by mid December.

The visual story will be available in January. You will be able to download it right here.


Originally created at SPACES in Cleveland, OH with engineering assistance from Alex Reben and Avatar Robert Zacharias.