MoneyLab considers interventions in and experiments with digital economy. MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization.
Never Mind the Bitcoin?
By Patrice Riemens, Eduard de Jong, and Geert Lovink We wrote about (and against) the crankiness that is called Bitcoin back in 2015, at a stage when everybody was gawking at its sudden rise in ‘value’ from $250 to something like $400 – up from $5-15 not tah much earlier (1) OK, if “a week [...]
MoneyLab#4 Program announced!
MoneyLab: Art, Culture and Financial Activism 10.00-18.00 Saturday 20 January 2018 River Rooms, New Wing Somerset House, London Full day £15.00/ £12.00 conc Buy tickets here A day-long programme of workshops, discussions and artistic experimentation exploring the relationship between financial technologies, artistic practice and contemporary culture. MoneyLab is a programme of critical research and artistic [...]
Save the Date: MoneyLab in London on 20 January 2018
A day-long programme of workshops, discussions and experimentation exploring the relationship between financial technologies, artistic practice and contemporary culture. Brett Scott (The Heretic’s Guide To Global Finance), Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield), Geert Lovink (Institute of Network Cultures), Demystification Commitee plus more TBA. MoneyLab is a programme of critical research exploring the connections between contemporary art, financial [...]
Link list on bitcoin & blockchain, demonitization and other MoneyLab issues
Link list, collected by Geert Lovink and many others of the MoneyLab networks, for the MoneyLab email list, February-October 2017: Blockcerts: Using blokchain for identity management is (mostly) ridiculous https://blog.xot.nl/2017/09/06/blockcerts-using-blokchain-for-identity-management-is-mostly-ridiculous/ Bitcoin price bubble ‘will collapse’ while the tech that underpins it lives on, Kenneth Rogoff predicts https://www.theguardian.com/technology/news-blog/2017/oct/09/bitcoin-price-bubble-government-cryptocurrency Mastermind Of $4 Billion Bitcoin Money Laundering Operation [...]
Unpacking Micropayments Part 2: User Base Dichotomies, and a Cyberpunk Sensibility
“Our new technologies have fractal effects that can be observed on global levels, societal levels, and individual levels. Consider the environmental effect of high-tech manufacturing; consider conflict minerals going into so many laptops; consider the effect the ubiquity of smartphones has on geopolitical discourse; on national discourse. Consider where the American stock market would be [...]
Unpacking Micropayments Part 1: Lightning, Scalability, and Going Off-Chain
“…we believe that a third web is coming. The first was the World Wide Web of documents, with hyperlinks between nodes. The second was the Social Web, with links between nodes representing friend relationships. And the third is the Machine-Payable Web, where the links between nodes represent payments between machines. Why would such a web [...]
Contribute to the MoneyLab Reader #2
We are still looking for contributions to the MoneyLab Reader #2, specifically by female authors writing on topics like: Local Activism & Finance New Strategies in Democratizing Economies Financialization of Social Sectors Crowdfunding Research Blockchain Criticism Money & Art Collapse Porn and the Romanticizing of the End Networks & Money WANT TO JOIN? Send in [...]
Review: Het Grote Crowdfunding Boek
Door: Robert van Boeschoten “Het grote crowdfunding boek, De weg naar jouw crowd” is een boek geschreven door Simon Douw en Gijsbert Koren die allebei al vanaf begin af aan met crowdfunding bezig zijn geweest. Zij hebben een boek geschreven dat de toekomstige crowdfunder goed wegwijs maakt in het veld van crowdfunding. Gebaseerd op hun [...]
Weaponize the Infosphere
Violent demonstrations against a presentation by Milo Yiannopoulos – the “most fabulous supervillain on the internet” – by protestors at Berkeley University several weeks ago led to the (in)famous Breitbart writer’s appearance being cancelled. The ensuing media frenzy also led to the controversial figure garnering far more (and far broader) attention than if his presentation [...]
Call for Contributions: The MoneyLab Reader #2
MONEYLAB The MoneyLab project was launched late 2013 to consider sprouting, alternative digital economics, radical experiments with crypto-currencies, payment systems and revenue models against the backdrop of the ongoing global economic decline. Since then, we’ve organized 3 international symposia, published a Reader and created a crowdfunding toolkit for the arts. Previous contributors to the MoneyLab [...]