[spectre] MoneyLab #8 - Minting a Fair Society - Streaming series

Marcela Okretič marcela at aksioma.org
Tue May 5 16:08:56 CEST 2020

Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 

in collaboration with the Institute of Network Cultures and Kino Šiška,

is proud to announce:


MoneyLab #8
Minting a Fair Society


Every Monday at 5 pm CET

11 May-29 June 2020

Critical thinkers, artists, researchers, activists, and geeks in search of
other economies and financial discourses for a fair society.


WITH: Anuška Delić, Brett Scott, Cassie Thornton, César Escudero Andaluz,
Davor Mišković, Demystification Committee, Denis 'Jaromil' Roio, DOMA.CITY
(Maksym Rokmaniko), Evgeny Morozov, Forms of Ownership (Vienne Chan), Geert
Lovink, Inte Gloerich, Jaya Klara Brekke, Klemen Ploštajner, Lenart Kučić,
Maddalena Fragnito, Martín Nadal, Martin Zeilinger, Max Haiven, Pirate Care
(Marcell Mars, Valeria Graziano, Tomislav Medak), RYBN.



Initially planned as an IRL conference, MoneyLab #8 has been reformulated as
a series of weekly streaming events to be held every Monday at 5 PM CET. 

We start on May 11 with Critical Finance Strategies, Three Months into the
Corona Crisis, a conversation between Brett Scott and Geert Lovink.


Follow the programme here:

FB event > https://www.facebook.com/events/527075734629065/

Telegram > https://t.me/aksiomaorg



All along, these have been 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 leaks from financial paradises have made it clear that the
wealthy, influential, and well-connected will still escape taxation. These
are the same people turning places like Malta and the Bahamas into luxury
apartment zones. At the same time, well-documented Dutch fiscal loopholes
cost the world approximately 22 billion euros in lost taxes each year.
Corporations like Shell 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 against privatisation and the mass
transformation of jobs to a precarious freelance existence in the gig


Weeks into the corona crisis, it is too early to say which aspects of the
global financial system have been thrown into the dustbin of history.
Pivotal nation-states are now exploring digital currencies as one tool for
post-pandemic stimulus (or austerity). How do the earlier proposals for
Universal Basic Income relate to the sudden appearance of helicopter money
in some countries? Are the Keynesian money proposals to prop up the Western
economies an indication of the end of the neoliberal hegemony? Is the ban on
cash during the corona crisis an indication of the arrival of the cashless


It is a grim scenario, but perhaps not all is lost. The economy is not - and
never was - merely in the hands of faceless corporations and cryptocurrency
speculators.  <https://networkcultures.org/moneylab/> MoneyLab explores the
imaginaries of artists, researchers, activists, and geeks in search of 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 and the first-ever
virtual edition, 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 neighbourhoods? 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 on radical and alternative strategies for
self-organisation and pushes on towards new and collective futures situated
in resilient local communities.



Organised and produced by: Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art,
Ljubljana, 2020
For the series:  <https://aksioma.org/tactics.practice/> Tactics & Practice
In the frame of:  <https://kons-platforma.org/> konS - Platform for
Contemporary Investigative Art
In collaboration with:  <https://www.kinosiska.si/en/> Kino Šiška - Centre
for Urban Culture and  <https://www.kinosiska.si/en/> Institute of Network
Cultures / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
In partnership with: <https://rijeka2020.eu/en/>  Rijeka ECoC 2020 and
<https://www.ufg.at/Master-Programme.1594+M52087573ab0.0.html> Interface
Cultures Department / Kunstuniversität Linz
Media partners: Neural magazine, We Make Money Not Art, TAM-TAM, Radio


Supported by: 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

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Jakopičeva 11, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia


Aksioma | Project Space

Komenskega 18, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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e-mail: marcela at aksioma.org <mailto:marcela at aksioma.org> 

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