The artwork draws on technological and financial power structures which traditionally scaffold the disparity between a wealthy elite and everyday working people but looks to re-imagine our vertically stacked digital ecosystem to horizontally distribute wealth.
The installation commences when a visitor drops a pound coin into a machine designed to expose the mechanisms needed to convert fiat currency into crypto-currency. Each and every member of the Trickle Down community, who has helped the work come to fruition, will receive a share of the ETH via a smart contract on the blockchain.
What are the technological and financial power structures governing value and the distribution of wealth
in our society? And who really stands to benefit?
Trickle Down: A New Vertical Sovereignty seeks to explore and provoke questions
about financialisation, hidden labour, value and distribution of wealth.
A series of public workshops around the project, alternative economies and the blockchain have been taking place at the Whitworth as part of Economics the Blockbuster, an action research project and exhibition for late 2021/early 2022, in partnership with Alliance Manchester Business School.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a small publication including contributions by Dave Beech, Irini Papadimitriou
and Ruth Catlow.
Trickle Down: A New Vertical Sovereignty is an artwork by Helen Knowles, supported using public funding from Arts Council England. The artwork is produced by FutureEverything with additional support from The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, arebyte Gallery and FACT.
thanks to Daniel Dressel, BlockRocketTech, Denis Jones, Arone Dyers, Pablo Galaz, Lewis Sykes, Howard Kennedy LLP, Ethereal Summit, Metamark, Dave Beech, Damien Mahoney, Known Origin and The University of Salford.