MoneyLab considers interventions in and experiments with digital economy. MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, and geeks experimenting with forms of financial democratization.
Finance Is Not About Money
Saskia Sassen joined speakers Stefan and Ralph Heidenreich and Bill Maurer in the first panel of the MoneyLab conference – “Monetization of Everything”. Sassen is a long time friend of Geert Lovink and famous for coining the term “global city”. She opened the session by stating that “it is a mistake to think that finance [...]
Mobile Money and Social (or Anti-Social) Security
The self-described ‘reformed tech geek’ Gawain Lynch built on his experience in information security and asset protection in order to discuss some of the issues currently surrounding the growing field of mobile money. He discussed security as one such major issue. Lynch began by describing how obscurity is commonly used to provide security for cash [...]
Venture Capital for the Alternative Innovations in the Money Space?
Optimistic Necrocapitalism Lana Swartz stepped into the money field in 2011, at an event sponsored by parties involved with a “traditional alternative economic practice” debating the future of money and how to better organize it. While participants were organizations working with alternative currency, sharing economies and such, all speakers were start-ups or marketing gurus from [...]
Peer.do – A Laboratory for Co-funded Action
Jamie King’s presented “Peer.do – a laboratory for co-funded action” that aims to support movements of all shapes and size, for “Kickstarter can’t fund a protest”. King is better known as a filmmaker who created and released the film “Steal This Film” on BitTorrent in 2007 with the League of Noble Peers. The film interviewed [...]
Peer to Peer or Mine to Mine? – A Critique of Crowdfunding
Inge Ejbye Sørensen is a researcher in digital economy and culture at University of Glasgow and also a documentary filmmaker herself. She has a particular interest in how crowdfunding changes the landscape of documentary film production and distribution in the U.K. She began her presentation “Peer to Peer or Mine to Mine? – A Critique [...]
Overcoming the Legitimacy Crisis of Money with Bitcoin?
Beat Weber’s presentation, “Overcoming the Legitimacy Crisis of Money with Bitcoin?” illustrated concerns over whether or not Bitcoin could support functioning economies. Weber’s succinct answer was: Bitcoin can never become legitimate, for it is “unstable by design”. For example, when the number of new users of Bitcoin increase, the value of Bitcoin increases. The value [...]
Bitcoin: Leveraging Cryptography Against The Control Society
In his talk titled “From Order To Control: How Cryptography Functions in Bitcoin”, researcher Quinn DuPont discussed Bitcoin as a case study for cryptography. Cryptography is loaded with politics, DuPont believes, “politics of liberation, freedom, community, all with an explicitly anarchist tone”. This heavy political charge is reinforced by Julian Assange and Edward Snowden publicly [...]
The Dark Arts of Reimagining Money
The Reimagining Money project explores the aesthetic and cultural aspects of money through research and presentation of a variety of media. Initiated by Max Haiven, Assistant Professor in Art History and Critical Studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the project positions money as “a medium of the imagination,” a means of collectively [...]
Always Sunny in the Rich Man’s World
“Money has never interested me,” repeated Dette Glashouwer during her performance titled MoneyMoneyMoney, opening the third session of the MoneyLab conference. A Dutch actress and performance artist, as well as one of the founders of Dutch theatre troupe Suver Nuver, Glashouwer has toured this and related solo performances around the world. The piece engaged viewers [...]
Eli Gothill: from the Muslim Trade Routes to Twitter’s #PunkMoney
At the crossroad between social media activism and performance art comes Eli Gothill and his project #PunkMoney. Gothill, a young software developer and a blogger on the future of money, started his experiment in October 2011, a short time after the beginning of the Occupy protests. His motivation, he admits, was first of all a [...]