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Economic Space Agency, Open Garage, Saturdays, Oakland, California

Economic Space Conference

A conference on alternative economies

20.1 2018


Welcome to a conference on how artists and activists relate to and influence the global economy today. During the final weekend of the exhibition Manipulate the World, we invite you to discuss art, cryptocurrencies, and the economies of the future.

Moderna Museet and the Stockholm School of Economics invite you to discussions with artists and economists on cryptocurrencies and the future of the economy, with a specific focus on the artistic practice of Economic Space Agency. This conference is part of the exhibition Manipulate the World – Connecting Öyvind Fahlström, and takes place during the final weekend of the exhibition.

Öyvind Fahlström’s work “World Bank”, featured in the exhibition Manipulate the World, is closely linked to the theme of the conference. A gold depot is at the centre of this staged installation, which is a geopolitical analysis of the world economy from 1971.“World Bank” is contemporary with the abandonment of the gold standard and the emergence of the current financialized economy which has come to define today’s debt relations, increasing concentration of capital and uneven distribution of risk.

Economic Space Agency is a startup company in San Francisco aimed at democratising the financial sector.  Their innovations in cryptocurrency – i.e. digital, non-governmental currencies such as bitcoin – have been described as “an alternative way of occupying Wall Street”. Their network extends from post-Marxist philosophers and human rights activists, to internet innovators and financial anarchists.

Conference participants

Programme participants include Akseli Virtanen and his team (Economic Space Agency), Tiziana Terranova (the University of Naples), Brian Kuan Wood (e-flux journal), and some ten economic researchers (the Stockholm School of Economics).

Tiziana Terranova is an Italian theorist and activist, whose work focuses on social change in network culture. Since the monograph Network Culture: Politics for the Information Age (2004), she has published her research in numerous articles and essays. Tiziana Terranova is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on economic and technological activism.

Brian Kuan Wood is a writer based in New York, and founder of the digital e-flux journal. In addition to writing profusely about and with various artists, he has been the editor of publications such as “The Internet Does Not Exist” (2015) and “Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art” (2011).

The researchers from the Stockholm School of Economics focus on changes in the interaction between society and economy in areas including gender, funding, production work, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, consumption, distribution of wealth, profitability, and democracy.


Welcome and introductions by Fredrik Liew, curator Moderna Museet and Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, SSE Art Initiative

Economic Space Agency: New Monetary Perspectivism by Akseli Virtanen and crew

Questions from the Audience and the group of researchers from the Stockholm School of Economics

New Economic Agency by Tiziana Terranova

Coffee break

Pure metrics of new economic space by Brian Kuan Wood

Finance as a mode of Expression by Economic Space Agency

What is a Coin Offering?
Akseli Virtanen