The Future of Money is Going on Tour!

Back in February we presented The Future of Money and The Future of Art at Transmediale in Berlin. At the festival I had the pleasure of meeting Christian Villum, the public project lead of Creative Commons Denmark, who took an interest in The Future of Money. Here we are a couple months later, and thanks to the enthusiasm of Christian and his colleagues in Sweden, Norway and Iceland, Jay Cousins and I will be travelling north next week to present The Future of Money to the Scandinavian Creative Commons community on the Nordic CC Salon Tour.

We hope to gather some interesting new perspectives and expand the discourse to include a look at how both Jay’s efforts with Open Design City and KS12’s video sprint process embrace the very values discussed in The Future of Money. I’m personally especially curious to hear from Icelanders in light of their country’s current tough financial situation. Later this summer, if mobile payments and financial industry innovation are more your style, you’ll have a chance to catch up with Venessa Miemis in June in Mumbai or Sydney.

We’re very happy to see The Future of Money gaining traction with international offline audiences. Admittedly all this positive resonance has been a major inspiration, and another KS12 “Future of ____” project may be around the corner – you never know! 😉

For details on the tour dates see:

3 May – Copenhagen
4 May – Aarhus
5 May – Stockholm
6 May – Oslo
7 May – Reykjavik​tour

2 June – Mumbai​events/​2011/​Innotribe_Mumbai/​

6 June – Sydney

Music: “Quittin Time” by Patrick Lee

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Announcing Travis Meinolf, Future of Art Micro-Grant Recipient!

After tallying over 90 votes that came in for our three micro-grant candidates, the people’s choice is Travis Meinolf, Berlin’s resident action weaver. Mixing contemporary political theory with hand made cloth, Travis weaves an interesting mixture of craft and performance into his artistic praxis (pun intended).

We thought we’d help boost his efforts to sustain his creative work by endorsing his current Kickstarter Campaign, which, if successful, will be a nice compliment to our modest micro-grant. Have a look at this glimpse of his process, and if inspiration hits, consider donating to his project. His success looms on the horizon through May (pun intended, again).

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The Future of Art Micro-Grant Nominees: Cast Your Vote!

Jason Gleeson
Video Essayist, Writer & Journalist (Knowmad)

Video Still, Celeocanth

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

I have never let my schooling interfere with my education – having had the opportunity to spend a large part of my life, living and working all over the world – experiencing firsthand how fast everything is changing.

It truly is the most exciting time to be alive, and I am fascinated by this acceleration and consilience of all the sciences, arts and humanities, and the role of the internet and technology.

I live somewhere between now and the future, constantly seeking better ways of doing things – in my work and my approach to how I live my life.

I grew-up in Africa – I am based in London (mostly).

My future video projects would be set in the near future – based on the current science understanding and told with some imagination.
I would like to give the audience an idea of what it could be like living in a future that is worth working towards.

I believe – these narratives of what is possible – give shape and direction to our directionless and rudderless culture.

My work to date has been very much about this – and you can see examples on my website: i.e.
1) CELEOCANTH – & other ancient memories from the future
2) VANILLA – & my search for green gold
3) TVPD – Inside the New City

Kind regards,
Thanks for watching,

Thomas Mader
Based in Berlin – Schmiede Exhibition

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

Schmiede is a 10-day festival for producers of all kinds of media that takes place every year in Hallein/Austria. It enables artists and creative people from all kinds of backgrounds to work together, to exchange ideas and to network. There is no pressure to actually finish projects in progress within the 10 days of Schmiede and the main focus is more on getting in touch with people that could help pushings one’s project forward. Since we noticed at this year’s Schmiede that a large number of the participating artists is based in Berlin, Ellinor Ljungqvist, Marco Wedel, Torsten Fischer and me decided to create a new platform in order to give Berlin based Smiths the chance to show finished projects that are no longer in progress.

In early March 2011 the first Schmiede Berlin exhibition will take place at MultiLayerLaden in Berlin/Kreuzberg and we hope for a large number of visitors and many interesting exhibits. Even though we fortunately don’t have to pay for the exhibtion space, we still think that we might need some financial support in order to be able to organize a rental car for larger exhibits or for renting technical equipment.

In order to be able to cover these expenses the Future of Art Grant would be a welcome support and it would also come in handy should the Schmiede Berlin Exhibition grow into a yearly event to have to grant on our “CV” because that would make applying for other grants such as the Berliner Kultur Etat much easier.

The curational team of the Schmiede Berlin Exhibition would be very grateful and happy to receive your support.

Travis Meinolf
Action Weaver

Describe your work as an artist; what are you doing that’s amazing, new, beautiful or brilliant? What would you like to do in the near future if awarded this grant?

I have been building simple weaving equipment and engaging people in the process of making communal cloth for the past five years. We then have tangible, ‘material’ expression of the productivity of our political action; the cloth acts as a concrete record of our intent. And as the product of a new, playful, fun labor process it can be distributed in interesting ways that express possibilities of revolutionary political economy. For now we can also call it art. More group-made blankets on the way to cold Berliners if I get the grant.

Our Process

Since the very beginning of the Future of Art project, applications have been coming in for the Micro-Grant. Altogether we received 19 applications. Today we’re delighted to announce the 3 nominees. We’ve chosen three artists who exemplify some of the sentiments that were voiced by the artists, filmmakers, digital mediators and bloggers who we interviewed for The Future of Art. The video essays of Jason Gleeson are meditative narratives which explore the future of humanity’s relationship with technology. The peer-curated Schmiede exhibition “Based in Berlin” is a practical implementation of artist-to-artist curatorial activity. The weaving practice of Travis Meinolf is an example of a public and interactive exploration of process-as-performance.

Full Disclosure

We’ve listed the applications above in alphabetical order by the last name of the applicant. In the spirit of transparency we’ve included the full texts of the applications so that you have the same information on which to judge the applications as we did.

For the sake of full disclosure, we feel it’s important to acknowledge that both Travis and the curators of the Schmiede exhibition are friends of ours. Unlike most curatorial work in which friendly ties between curators and artists are deliberately hidden, we feel it’s important that you know about our relationship to these two candidates.

Regardless of these connections, we have selected these three candidates as nominees because of the quality of their work and the ways in which their creative endeavors are in synergy with the intentions of the Future of Art project.

Cast Your Vote!

Voting will run until midnight 28 February at which point we will count the votes for each participant and announce the winner. Voting is now closed; we’ll be announcing the winner soon! The winner will receive 10% of our crowdfunding.

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Interview: Caleb Larsen

For Skype interview number three we turn to Caleb Larsen, an artist whose special knack for the absurd manifests in his sharp critical perspectives on the art market, both in this interview and in his artworks. Though perhaps best known for his work A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter, Caleb has a background as a painter. As a self-described late adopter of technologies, he is an artist who makes a conscientious effort to use the right tool for the job. He gave us his thoughts on the following questions for the Future of Art project:

  • Are we headed towards an era of ever-increasing commodification in art?
  • How is the word curator being used or abused to describe the aggregation of content in social networks?
  • Did a specific experience inspire you to use humor in your work?
  • Do the multiple aspects of your artistic practice give you a sense of fractured identity?
  • Is there new technology to which you feel an attraction which you haven’t used yet in your work?

How do you feel about making art in today’s economy and technological landscape? We’d love to hear from you!

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Our Work is Never Over

Zachary McCune is a digital artist and scholar focusing on issues of culture and cultural production. From ice hockey to Myst, and from documentary production to interactive media design, Zack lives at the intersections between media culture, production, and society. Zack caught us at the Transmediale festival and produced this short video interview with me for his project with Colleen Brogan, A New Days Work – a year-long project to promote works by today’s new media and electronic artists. Every business day of 2011, they share a piece of contemporary digital art, with an image or video, and a short description. We really like Zack’s project and hope you’ll explore some of the other art he’s featured.

Emergence Collective hard at work last week at Transmediale


While Transmediale has come and gone, the Future of Art project is not over; the festival represents the middle of our process, not the end. In the coming weeks we intend to release the full interviews with Caleb Larsen and Mez Breeze, as well as initiate the process of transcribing the video for Universal Subtitles. Thanks to the donations we’ve already received, we’ll be designing a beautiful new Future of Art Certificate of Authenticity for Visionary project supporters. So far we’ve had over a dozen applications for our artists micro-grant (deadline extended until 13 February: apply now!), and we’ll be conducting the public voting by the end of the month.


If you believe in what we’re doing, have learned something from our documentation process, or just have a desire to support the arts, any and all support is greatly appreciated. If none of the options in our sidebar fit your budget, consider signing up for Flattr and you’ll be able to tip us on a post-by-post basis when you particularly like something we publish.

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The Future of Art

The Future of Art
an immediated autodocumentary

What are the defining aesthetics of art in the networked era? How is mass collaboration changing notions of ownership in art? How does micropatronage change the way artists produce and distribute artwork? The Future of Art begins a conversation on these topics and invites your participation.

This video was shot, edited and screened at the Transmediale festival 2011 in Berlin, Germany.

Conceived and Edited by Gabriel Shalom
Produced by KS12 / Emergence Collective
Executive Producer: Patrizia Kommerell
Assistant Editor: Clare Molloy
Production Assistant: Annika Bauer


Aaron Koblin
Michelle Thorne
Caleb Larsen
Régine Debatty
Heather Kelley
Vincent Moon
Ken Wahl
Reynold Reynolds
Bram Snijders
Mez Breeze
Zeesy Powers
Joachim Stein
Eric Poettschacher

Including Video Material From:

Vincent Moon, Achim Kern, Born Digital, Daniel Franke & Christopher Warnow, Memo Akten, Ian Mackinnon, Taj Dhami, Liisalotte Elme, Zeesy Powers, Reynold Reynolds, Patrizia Kommerell & Gabriel Shalom, Aaron Koblin, Alessandro Ludovico & Paolo Cirio, Iepe, Akiz

Music, Sounds and Performances by:

The Arcade Fire, The Crowd, Daniel Franke & Christopher Warnow, Monolake, Daito Manabe, Zeesy Powers, Arlt, Ei Wada, Gabriel Shalom (8 years old), by Laurie Bellanca

Special Thanks:

Elyse Harrison, Studio Neptune, Cifarelli Art Consulting, Henrik Moltke, Beckie Darlington, Open Design City, Cara Bell Jones, Ela Kagel

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KS12 / Emergence Collective

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An Interview with Patrizia about Crowdfunding “The Future of Art” (deutsch)

Alexa Gröner from Fundraising 2.0 interviewed Patrizia (in German) at our station in the Open Zone at Transmediale about our project The Future of Art.

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Introducing our Transmediale Interviewees

Reynold Reynolds

Influenced by philosophy and science, American-born artist and filmmaker Reynold Reynolds works primarily with 16mm and Super 8mm film as an art medium. He has developed a common film grammar based on transformation, consumption and decay. Reynolds’ depictions frequent disturbed psychological and physical themes, increasingly provoking the viewer’s participation and dismay. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2003 and in 2004 he was invited to The American Academy in Berlin. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinction Award at transmediale.09.

Heather Kelley

Heather Kelley – moboid – is a media artist and video game designer. She is co-founder of the Kokoromi experimental game collective, creators of the GAMMA game event. Currently she designs games as interface and interaction research at Concordia University in Montreal Quebec, and heads her own software design studio Perfect Plum. Heather’s career in the games industry has included AAA next-gen console games, games for social change, interactive smart toys, handheld games, art games, and web communities for girls.

Eric Poettschacher

Eric Poettschacher lead a consultancy for over 15 years dedicated to tackling the specific challenges of creatives. He initiated the research project Mindscapes and explored decision-making patterns in a context he described as ‘Money & Meaning’. He has received training in large-group facilitation, organisational systems theory and communications management. In 2006 he incorporated Shapeshifters Information Management GmbH with a Boston based angel investor. Shapeshifters is a global knowledge broker supporting creatives with tailor-made business opportunities worldwide.

Bram Snijders

Bram Snijders (Sitd) is a Dutch media artist whose works include augmented realities, video projections, interactive installations, robotics and VJ performances. In his work, Sitd explores the possibilities of various media and digital technologies to mix virtual dimensions with the physical world. He is particularly interested in how the virtual is influenced by the physical world.

Joachim Stein

Joachim Stein is a software and occasional art designer and theorist with a strong interest in economics, especially in virtual economies. Joachim is one of the organizers of Pecha Kucha Berlin and writes the blog His most recent work is Hyperexhibition.

Ken Wahl

Ken Wahl is a painter who hails from New York. He has practiced as an artist in Paris for many years where he´s represented by the Galerie Pierre Brullé. He has contributed to art theory on Cybism with Joseph Nechvatal. Ken is currently based in Berlin.

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Future of Art Handbills

Our station at Transmediale has a ceiling full of bank notes! The notes are actually Future of Art Handbills. They describe and spread the word about our crowdfunding process. If you want to support the creative process donate using paypal or flattr, if you´re a creator apply for the micro-grant. Applications are coming in already. We´re waiting for yours…

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Future of Art Videoblog: Episode 3

Creating infographics to communicate about our crowdfunding and micro-grant. Running errands in Berlin, a city which could be the future of art itself. Behind the scenes of the Open Zone at Transmediale.

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