Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, is proud to announce:


Geert Lovink


The Politics and Aesthetics of Internet Revenue Models

Lecture + presentation of the publication MoneyLab Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype


Poligon creative centre

Tobačna ulica 5, Ljubljana


Tuesday, 17 April 2018 at 6 pm



MoneyLab is a network of artists, activists, geeks and researchers established 
in 2013 by the Amsterdam-based Institute of Network Cultures. It asks a simple 
question: How are artists or content producers, which really includes everyone, 
going to make a living from their work in the 21st century? According to 
Silicon Valley, we aren’t – we are going to be forced to give all creative 
products away for free, in exchange for “attention” on social media (while 
Facebook and Google make billions through ads and selling your private data). 
In response to the 2008 global financial crisis, “crypto currencies” (such as 
Bitcoin) arose to bypass both banks and tech giants. Money is exchanged via 
mobile phones. We join crowdfunding campaigns and experiment (again) with 
subscription-based services. What is the politics behind all these new 
services? How do artists relate to these new network architectures? How should 
we read the current hype? Are these services really decentralized as they 
claim? How many of us can read the rightwing libertarian values inside the 
digital money protocols? Who are the new power players? Let us join the debate. 
Money has been digital for decades. It is now becoming inseparable from the 
internet. If neither Wall St. nor Silicon Valley will be the winner of this 
game, then who will?


Geert Lovink is a Dutch-Australian media theorist, net critic and activist. 
Lovink is one of the key theorists behind the concept of tactical media – the 
use of media technologies as a tool for critical theory to become artistic 
practice. He also was a founder of such projects as nettime, fibreculture, 
organised networks and virtual media. Lovink is a Research Professor of 
Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HvA) and a Professor of 
Media Theory at the European Graduate School. Among others his books were 
published by MIT Press, The University of Melbourne, Amsterdam University Press 
and Polity. More: http://networkcultures.org/geert/biography/


The lecture is part of  <http://aksioma.org/cryptodesign/> Crypto Design 



Organized by: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2018 


In collaboration with: Institute for Network Cultures (NL), Drugo more (HR), 
Citizen D, and the Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Ljubljana (SI).


Supported by: the Creative Europe programme of the European Union and the 
Municipality of Ljubljana


The event is realized in the framework of State Machines, a joint project by 
Aksioma (SI), Drugo more (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures 
(NL) and NeMe (CY).



This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This 
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