I will host the workshop Do Not Take Any Wood Nickels in Dublin on Nov 14, as part of the CTRL ALT MONEY track at the Open Here Festival in the Science Gallery. Participation is free but you need to register.
Currency – such as coinage and paper money – enables and represents economic relations by performing a monetary exchange function. But currency is also media and a device that is capable of recording and transmitting specific ideologies and versions of history. Coinage is also strongly related to technological developments at a given moment in history.
Do not take any wooden nickels is a workshop where we will discuss and recall the symbols and narratives of the recent history of financial capitalism. From here we will generate symbolic elements with which to strike our own coins and record on them versions of current economic history that are not represented in our publicly mandated currencies.
“Do not take any wooden nickles” is a popular saying that emerged in the Great Depression when wood nickels were first issued.
Duration: 4 hours
Maximum 10 participants.
Requirements: Laptop, please install Open Scad and a Vector Graphics program such as Illustrator or InkScape.
Knowledge of 3D modeling is not required.
Openhere is a 3-day international festival and conference where online practices such as sharing, peer-production and open source meet real world material economies. The program brings together researchers, artists, engineers and activists to critically engage alternative economic models and digital currencies, open source hardware and ecology, and new forms of peer production and sharing happening at the intersection of digital and real world spaces. Sessions include talks, panel discussions, workshops and screenings.
Participants include: Benjamin Tincq, Brett Scott, Cathal Garvey, Chelsea Rustrum, Denisa Kera, Duncan McCann, Eli Gothill, Gawin Dapper, Geraldine Juárez, Graham Barnes Kevin Flanagan, Lana Swartz, Linda Doyle, Lúí Smyth, Nigel Dodd, Nora O’ Murchú, Peter Hanappe, Rachel O’Dwyer, The Robin Hood Cooperative, Sean Cubitt, Vasilis Kostakis and more.
Topics include: Alternative Currencies | Open Sourcing Finance | Open Hardware | Distributed Manufacturing | Open Source Ecology | Peer Production | Sharing Economies