Hi Helen,

Finally able to get involved in some of these conversations, now that I've passed my PhD upgrade ;-)

>i am struggling to keep up with the conversation here, but i'm also very interested
>in the questions that ruth poses for further research. some of us UpStagers are currently
>working on a new cyberformance called "cashflow" which is exploring issues around the war
>on cash - from what money is & means to us socially to where cryptocurrencies are taking us.

When Ruth & I organised the DIWO CLICK Festival, Helsingør, Denmark, in 2014. We had Richard Stallman as Key Speaker. It was quite an experience having such an annoying individual come along, and demand so much in so many difficult ways. However, I understood why he would not travel in Denmark via digital monies and or credit cards, and anything that could be traced. He just wanted to use everyday physical cash instead and was extremely stubborn about it. 

Brett Scott said it well in a recent article in the Guardian, that "In granting financial corporations complete control over the money system, our every economic interaction ends up logged in their databases for analysis. Sweden may end up being the first society in which every private economic action is recorded."

And, "Corporations too are drooling over the potential to monitor customer payment data. They can pass it through their machine-learning systems to understand your traits and manipulate you with ever-increasing levels of subtlety." http://bit.ly/2x0Ugh8

The massive surveillance implications should get people unnerved, yet, it seems in our post-truth world of pro-ignorance, and constant denial in thinking about dealing with the conditions we face in the world, whether it be fraud, dominating power systems, and climate change; we are in for a bouncy ride.

>looking at the environmental impact of it all is really important, because huge amounts of
>resources are being devoted to something that - as far as i can see - serves very little
>actual purpose. with the exception of projects like julian's, the focus seems to be
>predominantly on personal wealth gain & speculation & any supposed social benefits of the
>technology are just a way to justify it.

Yes, I agree - to save the trouble. may be read my response to ken a bit earlier today.

I am extremely interested in exploring different options (have & have done for years), other than just the blockchain, which is a small part of my own dedication in art, tech & social change.

You may be interested in a new paper I'm writing called 'Unlocking Proprietorial Systems'

Can we build fresh, independent places, spaces and identities, in relation to our own artistic and cultural practices individually and collectively – when the dominant narratives handed down to us via neoliberal elites, are typically in favour of their markets and technologies? Does this mean artistic and cultural endeavours along with creatively led technological practices, are locked in a perpetual state of submission within a proprietorial absolute?

In order to get around these locked systems we need to rediscover and rethink our own and collective narratives again. To do this, we need to reconnect to ‘older stories and histories. Go back as far as The Diggers and The New Levellers, to rediscover the spirit of why we need to reclaim who we are, today, and build new paths at the same time. As well as looking at how artists, thinkers, activists, and hacktivists, can construct grounded, social, artistic, and cultural, contexts in their own, and or collective terms, that move beyond the established approaches of ownership.

I'm thinking of posting more of the text on here for a wider discussion -- I think the blockachain is not the only way, just one way out of many, even off-grid is worth doing ;-)

Wishing you well.

marc

Marc Garrett

Co-Founder, Co-Director and main editor of Furtherfield.
Art, technology and social change, since 1996
http://www.furtherfield.org

Furtherfield Gallery & Commons in the park
Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
http://www.furtherfield.org/gallery
Currently writing a PhD at Birkbeck University, London
https://birkbeck.academia.edu/MarcGarrett
Just published: Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain
Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner
Liverpool Press - http://bit.ly/2x8XlMK

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Marc Garrett

Co-Founder, Co-Director and main editor of Furtherfield.
Art, technology and social change, since 1996
http://www.furtherfield.org

Furtherfield Gallery & Commons in the park
Finsbury Park, London N4 2NQ
http://www.furtherfield.org/gallery
Currently writing a PhD at Birkbeck University, London
https://birkbeck.academia.edu/MarcGarrett
Just published: Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain
Eds, Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, & Sam Skinner
Liverpool Press - http://bit.ly/2x8XlMK

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.