MoneyLab #5: Matters of Currency
University at Buffalo, New York
27–28 April 2018

Through workshops, talks and panel discussions, MoneyLab #5: 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.

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.

Confirmed Speakers include:
Jason Moore, Terra0, Cassie Thronton, Max Haiven, Fran Illich, Gabriela Ceja, 
Patricia de Vries.

If you want to attend and get involved, please contact Stefanie Rothenburg:  

More to be announced soon: 


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