These are dark times for the economy, as offshore finance wreaks havoc in the very fabric of cities and communities, and crypto-companies navigate the world in search of their own tax havens. Information leaking from financial paradises has made it very clear that the wealthy, the influential and the well-connected can and will escape taxation. These are the same people turning places like Malta and the Bahamas into luxury apartment zones, while well-documented Dutch fiscal loopholes cost the world approximately 22 billion euros in lost taxes each year. Shell-corporations tempt governments with scraps of their ill-gained revenues in exchange for legal residence in anonymous letterboxes. Global business and crypto-speculation have debased national regulations to the competitive logics of an international tax marketplace, and local economies and communities struggle to hold up to privatisation and precaritisation.
It is a grim scenario indeed, but perhaps not all is lost. Economy is not – and never was! – only in the hands of faceless corporations and cryptocurrency speculators. MoneyLab explores the imaginaries of artists, researchers, activists and geeks in search for other possible economies, and urgently interrogates a different financial discourse. It has always asked: can we use technology critically to support alternative values of cooperation and commoning in a world that is dominated by individualism and competition?
MoneyLab #8, the first-ever in a post-socialist country, features examples far from the mainstream media spotlight. It zooms in on the effects of offshore finance and explores counter-experiments in the realms of housing, care work and blockchain technology. In the fringes, something interesting is happening: blockchain is no longer just another tool for capitalist growth obsessions, and people are realising radical visions for fairly-waged care work, redistributed wealth, equitable social relations and strong grassroots communities. In our world of vanishing cash, corner-cutting multinationals and weakened social support structures, can community currencies or self-organised care networks strengthen neighborhoods? What would fair and social housing look like if it was turned into the cornerstone of the economy? Who is building local systems that can stand up against the financialisation of housing in the global platform economy? MoneyLab #8 sheds light onto radical and alternative strategies for self-organisation, and pushes on towards new and collective futures situated in resilient local communities.
The conference will be free of charge and held in English.
Minting a Fair Society
Ljubljana, March 23–25, 2020
Organised and produced by:
Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2020
Curator: Janez Janša
Head of production: Marcela Okretič
Executive producer: Sonja Grdina
Curator assistant: Jana Renée Wilcoxen
Community relations director: Nika Mahnič
Program advisers: Vuk Ćosić, Inte Gloerich, Geert Lovink, Domen Savić
In the frame of:
konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art
The project konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art was chosen on the public call for the selection of the operations “Network of Investigative Art and Culture Centres”. The investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and by the European Regional Development Fund of the European Union.
Marcela Okretič, 00386-(0)41 250 830, firstname.lastname@example.org