Future|Money Open Studio Day 2

07.11.23 12:00pm - 3h

FUTURE|MONEY Was the first open grant opportunity for 2023. The goal was to seek artists of any discipline to reimagine outdated financial systems that currently exclude 1.7 billion people from accessing essential services to make and receive payments. Imagining the Future is often based on our own memories and imaginations of our surroundings. We asked the artists to dive into their imagination and envision a world where financial systems were built to serve everyone, everywhere, always. Where borders aren’t barriers to supporting each other financially and emotionally.

The Future|Money space is open for the attendees of the Interledger Summit, The space is designed to convene with the artist to reflect on their practice and your own.

Mia Wright-Ross: Loose Change (CHAINS) is a series of large-scale multi-media tapestries (primarily leather & paper lottery tickets) as a reflection/projection of the reimagination of Hope that has become a lethal tool of capitalism within the community-rich centers of Black & Brown neighborhoods throughout the United States of America.

Xiaoji Song: The Parallel Society is a cyber-drama that explores financial inclusion and equity by featuring the parallel fate of two characters, a Lebanese migrant in Barcelona and a villager in rural China's Henan province. The game sheds light on financial traumas, such as behavior patterns and psychological impacts as results of financial exclusions experienced by these two characters, and radically imagines a world where such barriers no longer exist, but the characters are still trapped in the old pattern.

Lena Ghaninejad: Liminal Matter is a mixed-media installation combining grains (barley), black obsidian, and 3D hologram technology. The installation aims to illustrate the evolution of money from tangible matter that originates directly from the Earth (grains, food & stones), into an increasingly immaterial entity that leaves more people behind as financial systems complexify and access to technology remains limited -thus asking the question: how can we best share the planet's resources?

Subhashish Panigrahi and Arky for O Foundation (OFDN) : Bringing Down A Mountain is set in a city in India where everything and everyone is superior, including the internet. The tall mountain surrounds a rural village, stopping the internet and everything online. People from the city climb the mountain to make [Insta] reels with a backdrop of the village, where dreams are tall. residents of the latter dream of mobile data, digital payment, and relief from menial work. Does that dream ever end?

Esther Mwema and Jon Adam: Sikhula Sonke is an isiXhosa phrase which means 'we grow together.' The project seeks to amplify voices from the margins, with a focus on women in South Africa and Zambia. In recognition of the wisdom that already exists within communities but that may be little understood outside of them, our focus will be on building and documenting the living archives of village banking as a decentralized economic model.

Juan Carlos, Felipe Brugues, Ana Rodrirequez: RE/SIMULATE Economic agendas to (get rich and) stop worrying about the future Juan Carlos León Felipe Brugués Ana Rodríguez Mixed media, 3D clay printer, ceramic objects, infographic sheets, information receiver.

Carlijn Kingma, Martijn Jeroen van der Linden, Thomas Bollen: The Waterworks of money, If you think of money as water, then our financial system is like an irrigation system, watering the economy. And just as irrigation helps crops grow, money allows the economy to flourish. As long as the money keeps flowing, society will thrive—or at least that’s the idea. In reality, large swaths of society remain parched, while a small group of people is swimming in money.