Media Arts Program

Friday, April 27, 2018 — Saturday, April 28, 2018

Technē Institute for Art & Emerging Technologies of UB, UB Humanities Institute, MoneyLab/Institute of Network Cultures at the Hogeschool Van Amsterdam, Hallwalls, & Squeaky Wheel present

MoneyLab #5: Matters of Currency

MoneyLab #5: Matters of Currency
Please join us for 2 full days of invigorating presentations, workshops, and discussion on the physical and political matters of money and power at the first North American MoneyLab symposium, April 27-28, 2018 at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center and Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center in Buffalo, NY.

Confirmed speakers include: Jason W. Moore, Adrian Blackwell, Caroline Woolard, Brett Scott, Cassie Thornton, Max Haiven, Fran Illich, Gabriela Ceja, Patricia de Vries, Leigh Claire La Berge, Caitlin Blanchfield, & Paul Kolling of Terra0

Symposium Description:

It is no longer clear how the axiom "money is power" still holds—if it ever did—in an era of cryptocurrencies, local currencies, free trade zones as financial instruments, "cheap nature" and resource extraction, offshore tax havens, and their leaks in things like the Paradise Papers. The terms "making" and "money" both mutate with their globally distributed technological, financial, and legal frameworks, now independent of national regulations.

Common to and between all these mutations, a new relationship to the physicality of money appears: what is the matter and materiality of money? What is the current physicality of value? Currency and matter both resonate with multiple significations today, and invoke the need to examine the "making of money" from multiple disciplinary perspectives. This symposium brings together a range of voices contributing to possible answers for these questions, from fields including Philosophy, Art, Architecture, Computer Science, Community Activism, and more. Participants will variously examine different forms of money—objects, life, and spaces—for their physicalities or matters.

Through workshops, talks, and panel discussions, Matters of Currency will shed new light on money-power relations as mirrored in changing relations to technological and material transformations in the world today.

This is a free event, and open to the public, but registration is required: Register at

Organized by Jordan Geiger, Chris Lee, and Stephanie Rothenberg of the University at Buffalo Humanities Institute Research Workshop "Making Money: Critical Research into Cultures of Exchange," a project of the Technē Institute for Art and Emerging Technologies in conjunction with MoneyLab/Institute of Network Cultures at the Hogeschool Van Amsterdam.

Speaker Bios:
  • Jason W. Moore—environmental historian and historical geographer at Binghamton University and author of several books including Capitalism and the Web of Life
  • Caroline Woolard—artist and organizer who works collaboratively and collectively as a founding member of Trade School, OurGoods, and BFAMFAPhD.
  • Leigh Claire La Berge—professes at the intersection of arts, literature, visual culture, and political economy. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English at BMCC CUNY.
  • Cassie Thornton—artist and founder of Feminist Economics Department
  • Max Haiven—author of several books including Cultures of Financialization
  • Fran Illich & Gabriela Ceja—artists and founders of the digital material sunflower, alternative currency as well as coffee and film co-ops. Review on Aridoamérica project
  • Patricia deVries—scholar and researcher at Institute of Network Cultures
  • Paul Kolling from Terra0—blockchain developers for environmental management and tokenizing of natural resources
  • Caitlin Blanchfield—Ph.D. in architectural history and comparative literature and society at Columbia University and a contributing editor to the Avery Review.
  • Adrian Blackwell—artist, designer, and urban theorist whose work focuses on the relation between physical space and political economic forces. He is co-editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture / Landscape / Political Economy.
Organizers' Bios:
  • Jordan Geiger—Assistant Professor of Architecture, University at Buffalo, Editor of Entr'acte: Performing Publics, Pervasive Media and Architecture.
  • Chris Lee—Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, University at Buffalo, Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut (2017/2018), considers graphic design's entanglements with power through the intersection of typography, money, and the document.
  • Stephanie Rothenberg—Associate Professor of Art, University at Buffalo, artist, and researcher investigating the intersections between socio-economic systems, technology and non-human ecologies.

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