Kia ora koutou katoa and happy Friday!
On 4 and 5 June 2021 Te Whanganui-a-Tara Wellington will host the 12th edition of the
international MoneyLab conference series in collaboration with the Institute of Network
Cultures (Amsterdam, NL) and the MoneyLab community.
MoneyLab <https://networkcultures.org/moneylab/> is an international
multi-disciplinary network of artists, designers, programmers, researchers and
journalists. It considers itself a critical platform for imaginative projects that build a
more democratic economy, especially within the creative industry. An economy where not
only ‘the big boys’ get the money, but where there are opportunities for everyone to
participate. It looks far beyond the boundaries of current financial institutions and maps
out new opportunities for the distribution of creative content, intellectual property and
digital business models, together with and for the creative sector.
The upcoming Wellington edition (first in Aotearoa New Zealand and only the second in the
wider Southern Hemisphere after the 2020 Canberra/Hobart event) will bring together groups
and individuals from the arts, activism, education and startup/tech sectors with a
particular focus on Blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, as applied to
community organising and mediated forms of autonomous/participatory governance and
decision making tools.
The conference is loosely based around three main topics, including an update on the
recent Non-Fungible Token (NFT) debates with NZ-specific perspectives on tax/law and
electricity consumption in relation to ‘making’ NFTs; current as well as historic
overviews of practice surrounding Social Tokens, community currencies and cultures of
sharing in Aotearoa and beyond; and a Māori/Indigenous lens on various technosocial
constructs stemming from Blockchain cultures, such as the post-COVID future imaginations
of Self-Sovereign Identity protocols.
Accompanying the conference is an exhibition of crypto art and adjacent genre-bending work
in both virtual and physical space, in collaboration with p0.nz/i<http://p0.nz/i>
The show’s opening on the evening of 4 June will include presentations, performances and
interventions by local and international artists and guests.
Confirmed speakers and artists include Helen Dew (Living Economies), Mark Pascall
(Wellbeing Protocol / The DAO Agency), Kaye-Maree Dunn (Āhau / EHF fellow), Alex Sims (AUK
Business School), Kevin Shedlock (Koha Tech / WGTN), Ben Nolan (founder of CryptoVoxels),
Robert Kirkby (WGTN Macroeconomics), Mohini Ochangco, Roman Mitch (Whitecliffe),
neurocolor, Eric Barry Drasin, Marika Pratley, and more TBA!
ML#12 organising committee: Walter Langelaar, Jennifer Ferreira, Songyi Lee
MoneyLab board: Denise Thwaites and Geert Lovink
! MONEYLAB COMMUNITY CALL-IN: Across the Timezones
MoneyLab #12 Wellington will have two moments in its programme for further, ad-hoc
community engagement, and we invite you to come in and present your project or announce
special events through one of these options: stage an intervention in the
virtual space (parcel tba) on the Friday
evening (4 June, 8pm GMT+12), or connect with the conference audience on the Saturday via
Zoom or similar (5 June, 5pm GMT+12).
Showing up in-person is of course also an option :)
If interested, please contact Walter via
firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> for more
Friday 4 June @ p0.nz/i gallery for crypto art & design research
6pm – 10pm
212 Willis Street
Saturday 5 June @ Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University of Wellington
9:30am - 6:30pm
Te Aro campus, School of Design Innovation
139 Vivian Street
Full programme and website coming SOON!
Ngā mihi nui and looking forward,
Victoria University of Wellington
Te Herenga Waka