Can collective imagination and responsibility get us out of this (capitalist) mess? How can we create better systems than the ones we've inherited?
/ Ten-week Live* Online class begins 19. April ends 21. June
/ Every Monday, 8pm-10pm, CET
Money is a complicated topic to say the least. And the stories we keep hearing in the news are that the rich are getting richer in the midst of these crises and the poor always poorer. And any attempts to change the narrative, even from within the richest realms, are of course thwarted by those who fear the power in collectivity.
Everything unfair about a society is starkly in view when taking a look at those who have money and those who don’t. What can we learn from the past about the present and future of money?
In what feels like an alternate universe, Non-fungible tokens (NFT’s) are permeating our Twitter timelines almost out of nowhere. At first glance, they seem to be an opportunity for artists to finally earn money through selling their digital artworks but at what cost to the community and the environment? Is this trendy adaptation of new-age currency a reflection of the capitalist economies we are trying to liberate ourselves from or part of the change we wish to see?
When money is involved is it no longer about the art? What are the ethical concerns, the tools, and the practicalities? Are there any possibilities to change the narrative within this space or are we doomed to repeat the same mistakes of economic inequality over and over?
Even just within this crypto space there is so much to investigate further in terms of how these technologies are being built into the fabric of our society and whether or not they deserve our trust. At the very least, they deserve healthy skepticism, a deeper inquiry, and diverse groups of people understanding how to use these tools. More than simply learning about NFT's, we wish for more people to understand the context within which they, and by extension, we, exist.
Are you ready to take part in a collective exploration of the ins and outs of currency and exchange and the greater implications of these systems on humans and nature?
This class is about collective learning, researching, sharing knowledge and contributing to something greater than ourselves. It’s for those who are ready to question everything about how we got here and where we go now. What happens when we jump off this merry-go-round all together to try and find a better way?
This class is the second part of what we hope will become a growing series of classes on Tools for Reimagining Better Worlds Through Cooperation.
In it, we will take a look at the history of money, corruption and money laundering, artist interventions, cooperatives models and decentralisation, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and (eco) nft, exploring each of these from all angles to see how they work both for and against us.
This is a ten-week course but we encourage that the work and collectivity continue beyond it.
This class is intended exclusively for women, BIPOC*, LGBTQ+, and others underrepresented in the tech world. As powerless as we can often feel, this is our way of attempting to change the narrative of inequality in the here and now.
We are coming together explicitly in support of anti-racism, intersectional feminism, and exploring alternatives to the exploitation of capitalism. We are interested in working with those of you who share these goals.
Each week will take on a different discussion point and a different instructor. Weekly class breakdowns and more speaker updates are coming soon.
In this course, you will be introduced to:
· General history of money and economies
· Overview of worldwide monetary systems
· Practical knowledge of money laundering, tax evasion, debt, how people "beat" the system
Working vocabulary of capitalism and related systems
· Cooperative systems and decentralised autonomous organisations (DAO's)
· Finance hacking and interventions
· Blockchain and cryptocurrencies, their functions in real life and as creative practice
· Explanation of Proof of Work, Proof of Stake, and practicalities of using (Eco)NFT's
An amazing network and community of like-minded creative beings and potential future collaborators
Who is this course for?
This program is for anyone interested in understanding the history of money, how it has evolved, where it is today, and how we can use current tools and collective imagination to design better prospects for the future. Artists, researchers, and creative people of all kinds seeking deeper knowledge are all welcome to join. Please be ready to contribute to the discussions and collective pool of knowledge. No one person can know everything. We need each other. No previous experience necessary.
As mentioned above, this class is intended exclusively for women, BIPOC*, LGBTQ+, and others underrepresented in the tech world. To the extent that you are comfortable, we may ask you to please explain why you are eligible for this class.
*Note: An interesting discussion recently brought out the idea that many people we wish to support don’t necessarily see themselves as people of color and that the term, to a large extent, is a cultural identifier. If you are interested in participating but unsure if you fit the target group, please get in touch, and let’s discuss.
The classes are live?*
Classes are 'live' meaning that you can directly interact with the instructor as well as with the other participants from around the world. Classes will also be recorded for playback in case you are unable to attend for any reason. For specific questions, please email info[at]schoolofma.org
Pricing (Tickets via Eventbrite*)
Artist / Student (Full Time)*
Generous Supporter Ticket*
We realise we're living in uncertain times. During this time, we are offering a limited number of pay-what-you-can solidarity tickets for this online class. These are reserved for women, POC, and LGBTQ+ who would otherwise be unable to attend. We are a small organisation with no outside funding and like many, we are also in survival mode and we ask you to consider this when making your donation.
Note: Due to the fact that we are receiving way more requests for Solidarity tickets than we can accommodate, we ask that after you have taken 3 that you please purchase a regular ticket in order to make them available to other people. Also, please note that we may send a follow-up email asking you to confirm your eligibility for these tickets. We are trying to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible and greatly appreciate your understanding and support.
*Ela Kagel (supermarkt-berlin.net/)
Digital strategist Ela Kagel specialises in the intersection of society, technology and economy. Since the 1990s she has been working as curator and program advisor for major art & tech festivals such as Transmediale, Republica, Ars Electronica, Future Everything and many more. Ela is founder of the Free Culture Incubator, and co-founded Public Art Lab Berlin and SUPERMARKT, a collaborative economy project space in Berlin. Central to Ela’s practice is working with communities all over Europe. Over the past years, she has been extensively researching and advocating for the digital commons. As part of her ongoing collaboration with the Platform coop consortium Ela is also co-hosting the Platform Coop meetups in Berlin.
*Laura Ranca (tacticaltech.org/)
Laura is a project coordinator with Tactical Tech’s Exposing the Invisible project. Before joining Tactical Tech in January 2018, she worked for two years as a program specialist with the investigative journalism portfolio of the Independent Journalism Program at Open Society Foundation in London. Prior to that, she was a reporter and researcher with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and with RISE Project - a community of investigative journalists, developers and activists in Romania. At RISE, among others, she coordinated the development of Visual Investigative Scenarios (VIS), a data visualization platform, which assists investigative journalists, activists and researchers in mapping complex organised crime networks. Earlier on, Laura also worked as a public information officer with the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo and as a program coordinator and reporter with the Center for Media, Data and Society at the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
*Paolo Cirio (https://paolocirio.net/)
Paolo Cirio works with legal, economic, and cultural systems of the information society. He investigates social fields impacted by the Internet, such as privacy, democracy, copyright, and finance. He shows his research and intervention-based works through artifacts, photos, installations, videos, and public art. Cirio has exhibited in international museums and has won prestigious art awards. His artworks have been covered by hundreds of media outlets worldwide and he regularly gives public lectures and workshops at leading universities.
*Martin Nadal (http://martinnadal.eu/)
Martin Nadal (BSc) is an artist/developer based in Linz and studying the Interface Cultures program at KunstUni. In the past years he has collaborated in a variety of projects and taught some workshops related to art and technology. He is also interested in illustration and cinematography. His works have been shown at Visualizar 11 (Medialab Prado), Ars Electronica, AMRO Festival y Settimana della Scienza (Genova). IAMAS (jp).
*Rachel Uwa (schoolofma.org/)
School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe was founded by Rachel Uwa. Rachel is an artist, educator, and organizer whose background is in audio engineering and vfx compositing.
Over the past 15+ years she’s lived in and organized social justice and tech communities and events big and small. She feels compelled to help bring these two worlds together and make the tech world less daunting and more diverse, inclusive, thoughtful, and fun.
Rachel's biggest desire is to see people living the lives they dream of living rather than the one they feel they ought to. If that dream life is more artistic, creative, socially-engaged, technology-embracing and connects humans to each other and to themselves, well, all the better.
Opportunity by School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe
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Deadline: Thursday 1 July 2021 at 00:00h