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Economic space conference

SSE Art Initiative and Moderna Museet invite you to a conference on how artists and activists relate to and influence the global economy today. During the final weekend of the exhibition Manipulate the World, we invite you to discuss art, cryptocurrencies, and the economies of the future

Come to Moderna Museet and join us for a day of Crypto debate at the ECONOMIC SPACE CONFERENCE with Tiziana Terranova (Naples), Brian Kuan Wood (New York), Akseli Virtanen ( Santa Cruz), his start-up team of Economic Space Agency (San Francisco) and researchers from Stockholm School of Economics.

Economic Space Agency is a startup in San Francisco aimed at democratizing the financial sector. Akseli Virtanen and his ECSA-team operate cryptocurrencies – i.e. digital, non-governmental currencies such as bitcoin – sometimes described as “an alternative way of occupying Wall Street”. Their network extends from post-Marxist philosophers and human rights activists to internet innovators and financial anarchists. Tiziana Terranova is an Italian theorist and activist, whose work focuses on social change in network culture. Since the monograph Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age (2004), she has published her research in numerous articles and essays. Tiziana Terranova is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on economic and technological activism. Brian Kuan Wood is a writer based in New York and founder of the digital e-flux journal. In addition to writing profusely about and with various artists, he has been the editor of publications such as “The Internet Does Not Exist” (2015) and “Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art” (2011). The researchers from the Stockholm School of Economics focus on changes in the interaction between society and economy in areas including gender, funding, production work, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, consumption, distribution of wealth, profitability, and democracy.

The Economic Space onference closes the Moderna Museet exhibition Manipulate the World around Öyvind Fahlström’s work “World Bank” closely linked to the Crypto theme. A gold depot is at the center of this staged installation, which is a geopolitical analysis of the world economy from 1971. “World Bank” is contemporary with the abandonment of the gold standard and the emergence of the current financialized economy which has come to define today’s debt relations, increasing the concentration of capital and uneven distribution of risk. This is where Cryptocurrencies, Crypto Artists and Crypto Art emerged.

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