MoneyLab#3 Failing Better: Discover “No Hidden Costs” Exhibition

The MoneyLab #3 exhibition displays hidden or forgotten financial artifacts, from abandoned places to concealed networks, No Hidden Costs catalogues people and places that were once centers for power and governance. By contrasting a selection of financial artifacts alongside speculative prototypes that allude to the future of money, No Hidden Costs highlights the continual disintegration and reincarnation of money.

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  • Parallelograms (Steve Rowell, 2015) is an experimental documentary film and mapping project aimed at representing architectural typologies in American politics and industry. Specifically, this project interrogates the landscape of dark money and influence in Washington, D.C. As shadow institutions come into focus and are sited on a map, we get a glimpse of this parallel world.
  • Exchange Cards (Fine Art Financ€ Lab, 2016): What do you need? What can you offer? A billboard showing an assortment of requests and offerings presents an alternative system. The experiment asks people to consider what they can offer and what is valuable within a local community. The exchange cards will be on display throughout the symposium and will incentivize a free trade between the MoneyLab #3 participants.
  • Commune (Arthur Röing Baer, 2015) is a logistical network where ownership is distributed to active users via their shared movement. Creating a more effective decentralized system, taking the idea of the sharing economy to its extreme while transferring ownership to users; promoting user agency and transparency while incentivizing shared commuting.
  • On Opacity (Javier Lloret, 2016) consists of portraits of 61 high profile account holders’ names that were leaked from the Swiss HSBC bank in 2015. The portraits were obfuscated through a process of digital steganography, a set of algorithmic techniques often used to hide classified data within the digital bits of an image. The act of hiding by making use of the bank’s secrecy policies is revealed in these black silhouettes made out of their public information. On Opacity is supported by Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam and Stroom Den Haag.
  •  Analogy (PublishingLab: Oliver Barstow, Luca Claessens, Nicoletta Pana, 2016), is a consultancy specialized in adapting the advances of established online platforms (such as Google, Facebook, Spotify) to update traditional publishing practices. By constantly analyzing successful models, Analogy offers solutions that bring agility to the publishing field. For each project, Analogy combines an array of diverse strategies employed by industry leaders (such as content extraction from existing data-sets, crowdsourcing, freemium etc) to develop a publishing model that addresses your specific needs. Our models work to maximize efficiency and optimize the expenditure of each phase of the publishing process.


  • The Blockchain: Change Everything Forever (Pete Gomes, 2016. Concept, research, and development by Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield): This new Furtherfield film broadens the current debate about the impact of emerging blockchain technologies. This film sets out to diversify the people involved in its future by bringing together leading thinkers, computer scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and activists to discuss what a blockchain can do. Who builds this new reality? How will we rule ourselves? How will the future be different because of the blockchain?
  • Banking with Grandad (Max Dovey, 2016): A short film about accountability, money and social responsibility. Filmed inside an abandoned bank vault, the film reflects on the social responsibility and honor affiliated with finance and accounting from the perspective of the artist’s grandfather who was a bank manager for over forty years. The short films is a eulogy to finance from the depths of an empty bank vault. The project is supported by CBK Rotterdam.