Day 1

Decolonising Money: Colonial Impulses, Economic Autonomy and Systems Sovereignty

5 November, 10:00am – 12:00pm (AEST)

Moderated by Laurie McDonald, featuring talks by Tjanara Goreng Goreng, Elise Klein, Megan Kelleher and Matt Scobie.

Today’s global financial networks are imbued with the tyrannical logic of settler-colonialism. The imperial accumulation of wealth in the Global North has shaped the financial discourse of the Anglocene and beyond, while Indigenous communities across the world work to survive and thrive in the face of their oppressive demands.  At a time when the economic status quo appears increasingly untenable, how can Indigenous knowledge systems provide strategies to resist the settler-colonial impulses of advanced capitalism?

Decentralised Islands and Techno-Empires: Transforming Economies of the Asia Pacific

5 November, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST)

Moderated by Tom Chen, featuring talks by Pandu Sastrowardoyo, Elaine Jing Zhao, Daniel Bar, Heather Horst and Glenn Finau.

The ‘Asia-Pacific Turn’ as a shift in our global economic and geopolitical axis has attained almost mythic status in public discourse — welcomed and applauded by some, feared by others. This popular discourse erases the complexity and diversity of perspectives, contexts and challenges faced by the over 54 nations in this region, each with their distinctive approaches to exploring the affordances of decentralised technologies and digital economy.

_Underscored Economics_: Trading Re-Authored Currencies

5 November, 3:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)

Moderated by Marnie Badham, featuring talks by Stephen Healy, Kate Rich, Julia Drouhin, and Vanessa Bartlett.

The semiotics of the underscore allow it to break, connect and/or emphasise defined terms. A remnant of mechanical word processing, it invokes a process of overwriting. How might the varied forms of our financial and economic rhetoric be likewise broken, reconfigured and over-written through symbolic interventions? What new meaning is generated through the artful underscoring of economic systems through creative and critical interventions?

Day 2

Homo Ecologicus: Money Between Economy and Ecology

6 November, 10:00am – 12:00pm (AEST)

Moderated by Glen Fuller, featuring talks by Kamaljit Sangha, Tim Hollo, Declan Kuch, and Deborah Cleland.

The image of Homo Economicus underpins the ubiquity of neo-classical economics, delineating the possibilities of exchange for humans conceived as rational and self-interested beings. How does growing awareness of our ecological entanglements with human and more-than-human beings invite a reimagining of our economies, societies and political systems?

Financial Charismatics: Language, Memes and the Seduction of (New) Money

6 November, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (AEST)

Moderated by Monique Rooney, featuring talks by Ceri Hann, Melinda Cooper, Jack Parkin, Justin Clemens and Ellie Rennie.

Charisma – a word used to describe an allure that inspires devotion, its charm originally understood as a form of divine gift. As we navigate the pataphysical absurdities of global finance, how does broad devotion these systems (old and new), speak to the charisma of their visual, spoken and written rhetoric?

Impermanent Infrastructures: The Capricious Commerce of Digital Culture

6 November, 3:30pm – 5:30pm (AEST)

Moderated by Kit Wise, featuring talks by Gaby Wijers, Melissa Delaney, Scot Cotterell and Bill Hart

Despite international and national level investments in securing ‘digital heritage’,  the infrastructures to support creative practices, subcultures and experimental spaces are laid to waste. Stifled by rent-hikes and bureaucratic red-tape, how can artists and creative professionals continue to subvert capitalistic logics by developing their own ‘business models’ for 21st century media? How might the concepts of transaction and generative commerce be re-imagined through artistic research, critical thinking and making?