MoneyLab #7: Outside of Finance

On feminist economics, social payments, corporate crime and the “blokechain”


The social is being monetized left, right and center. From micropayments to data trading, new money systems are becoming mainstream overnight. What remains of agency in a cashless

society? While transactions are becoming digital, personal data ownership slips through users’ hands. What does it mean when a tech giant like Facebook enters the scene with its Libra “currency-for-the-good”? Does the porn industry, once again, lead the way in fintech uptake?

Despite dreams of radical shifts, blockchain fantasies overflow with the same old male biases. Now that the crypto-hype has become mainstream, it is more important than ever to reassert control over the definition of money. What will be the result of the regulatory regimes striving to “civilize” fintech? How do we hijack the competition between established players and new financial elites in markets that are still caught in bubble and burst dynamics?

Since 2013, MoneyLab has explored questions around the design of money, the democratization of finance, and the new shifts in fintech. At MoneyLab #7, we’ll be looking beyond the world of libertarian startups with their often masculine preoccupations. From hyperlocal cryptocurrencies at techno festivals to self-organized exchange systems in refugee communities, what are promising design strategies to counter the corporatization of money? Can we imagine a crypto economy that values care work and focuses on equity and solidarity?

Join us at this home-based 7th edition filled with workshops, performances, screenings and discussions on pressing financial issues. With artists, academics, activists and geeks, we explore what roles art, activism and design can play in expanding the financial ecology of alternatives.

When: 14 + 15 November 2019

Where: Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam


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Regular tickets: Day ticket 30 euro, passe-partout 60 euro.

Students (other then HvA): 50% discount.

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