The future of money – and discussions of digital liveness and identity / #tm11

(Continued reporting from Transmediale11 in Berlin)

From the jam-packed Thursday program at Transmediale11 in Berlin, two sessions stood out for me: One was a talk in the Open Zone by Berlin-residents Gabriel Shalom and Jay Cousins, who presented their project titled ‘The Future of Money’ in which they’ve been delving into a scrutiny of what value really is for people in our contemporary society.
The project addresses issues such as youth’s thoughts on money and value, intrinsic and extrinsic work motivations, creation of new systems of wealth generation and abundance – and also looks at what the future hold for banks and other financial institutions in the wake of massive peer to peer exchange. The following video gives good insight into their ideas, which can be studied further on the Emergence Collective website or in this nice piece on the Sharable blog.

The Future of Money from KS12 on Vimeo.

Later in the day, the other session that left a firm impression on me was the large auditorium-keynote panel discussion titled ‘Digital Liveness – Realtime, Desire and Sociability’ featuring Philip Auslander (US), Eric Kluitenberg (NL) and Mushon Zer Aviv (IL). Here, the three very apt speakers took us through their thoughts on the concept of virtual presence, it’s sociability and man’s desire to transcend distance and separation – as well as how that shapes our identity. One of the most significant themes was the discussion of how we can understand the fundamental shifts in human sociability presented by new mediated publics. Very interesting indeed.

On a side note, Zer-Aviv was also part of the book sprint team from last years Transmediale: Six people were locked in a room in Berlin for five days to produce a book with the sole guiding meme being the title – Collaborative Futures. They had to create the concept, write the book, and output it to print in 5 days. Highly recommendable reading, which you probe further as well as download for free under a Creative Commons license here.