The project Circulation of Circuits aims for a new perspective and understanding of monetary transactions within the European Union. In this project a fictional European currency is developed and comes into being through the work of European artists and designers.
In order to realise this new currency, the works of artists and designers are saved onto compact, low cost, high performance computers. The works can only be loaded onto the devices once, after which point they will be enveloped in cast silicone resin. Through this casting process the computer as a whole will become a medium of exchange (such as coins, banknotes, and bitcoins). Unlike our contemporary currency, the location of this monetary unit can be tracked by connecting it to the internet through an API. In contrast to a conventional bank account, it would be possible to track the physical movement of currency, its location and exchange rate.
The means by which institutions within the European Union currently report their financial flows is rather traditional, resulting in a minimal reach to the public as a whole. As a consequence, the European citizen is poorly informed and encounters difficulty in gaining insight about the financial condition of the European Union. Applying direct changes and concrete solutions in these typically hierarchical and complex processes proves to be very difficult.
The aim of this project is to give meaning to money flows within a network of European artists and designers. Our goal is to initiate a redefined and independent currency that, by innovative means, can integrate into the everyday reality of the citizen.
Our one-day workshop sessions are meant for artists and designers who are interested in becoming part of the development and launch of a redefined monetary system.
The programme will start with a kick-off introductory lecture where the introduction and research of Circulation of Circuits is being presented, including relevant case studies under the theme of alternative currencies. Working in small groups, the afternoon will focus on the joint realisation of artistic value and making this accessible through a public API. Participants will work in teams under guidance of the project initiators. The results will be presented collectively at the end of the day along with a plenary discussion.
For the workshop sessions, we aim to select a group of young creatives, through direct invitations and the means of an open call. The workshop is meant for approximately 15 designers and artists who, preferably, have some technical experience and knowledge.
Successful results and outcomes of the sessions will become part of Circulation of Circuits and will be disseminated through upcoming lectures, installations and future publication. Another result will be the reportage materials representing the outcome (photos, video recordings) of the total session.
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Circulation of Circuits is originally initiated by Martijn van Boven, Noortje van Eekelen and technical support by Doeke Wartena, together with collective supports from an international group of experts from different fields. Thru out the project Beer van Geer has been providing the project with extend advice on Bitcoin culture and it’s underlying technology.
Our goal is to treat the project as a broad, multidisciplinary initiative, so that its grounds and boundaries can be explored, expanded, and redefined. So, feel free to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org