This program is about money! Whether we have it or not, money rules the world, or so it seems. In recent years, technologies like cryptocurrency, bitcoin, and blockchain have come to the fore offering alternatives to the current system but we need to know more! What’s the history of economies and money, what are the current financial systems that plague us, how does money laundering and tax evasion work, how might we create new systems and alternatives that can help bring about justice and level the playing field? This program is an attempt to create a progressive curriculum for financial literacy, for everyone!
Together we'll talk about the myths and realities of socio-cultural patterns such as barter, value exchange systems, gift economies and the peculiar relation of money & moral. We'll also trace the history of money and credit and understand their associations with societal changes while exploring different notions of value creation and value accounting in societies worldwide.
Taking the recent financial crisis 2007-2008 as a starting point for the rise of a finance-counterculture, we'll look at: Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, the notion of platform cooperativism (as opposed to platform capitalism), and the rise of horizontal organizational structures where collective financial decisionmaking is emerging as a new norm and the idea of re-inventing the commons as a way for creating livelihood for everybody.
The class will include playful yet earnest experiments in financial co-creation: we will work on concepts and prototypes for basic income, token systems, and community currencies.
This class aims at providing a solid understanding of money and finance, in relation to different political and social systems. Students will learn about the emergence of markets, credit, debt, and corruption as we seek to stimulate everyone’s imagination of how a fair, inclusive economy might become a reality.
Artist / Student (Full Time)*
Women and persons from LGBTQ+ and other under-represented communities in the tech field highly encouraged to apply!
*Includes in-class materials, use of space, and professional mentorship
Note: If you'd like any assistance in finding housing, please let us know in your application. We suggest budgeting around €525 for a month room rental.
In this course, you will learn
- General history of money and economies
- Current state of worldwide financial systems
- Practical knowledge of money laundering, tax evasion, debt
- Working vocabulary of finance
- Inner workings of blockchain and crypotocurrencies
- An amazing network and community of like-minded creative beings and potential future collaborators
**No previous experience necessary**
Week 1: Introductions, from history of economy, money, to current state of things, vocabulary of finance
Week 2: Hacking finance, money laundering, tax evasion, interventions, how people "beat" the system
Week 3: Blockchain, cryptocurrency, their functions in real life and as creative practice
Week 4: Documentation of program, booksprint, preparing for final showcase open to the public.
Who is this program for?
This program is for anyone interested in understanding the history of money, how it has evolved, where it is today and how we can imagine it in the future. Artists, researchers, and creative people of all kinds seeking deeper knowledge are all welcome to apply.