Contributions

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At the Mercy of Limitless Loss

Rouzbeh Shadpey
What happens to the negativity of the subject of chronic fatigue, whose unruly weariness, untethered from the demands of energetic expenditure and the rehabilitative promise of rest and repose, becomes a state of perpetual loss? As a fatigue which does not abate — a lack which is never replenished — so-called “pathological” or chronic fatigue forces us, if we are to engage with it seriously, to cut the umbilical tie between fatigue and its antithetical currency energy once and for all.
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Hyperanticipation in Planetary Times

Andreu Belsunces
"My main interest is to find a way out of a very costly intellectual, cultural and political deadlock we find ourselves in between business as usual and helpless prophecies of doom, solutionism or technophobia, blind unsustainable growth and dreams of a past natural state, (proto-fascist) Climate Change Denial and naïve (liberal) environmentalism."-- Armen Avanessian
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Scheme in a Can

Duda Pedreira
There are multiple ways to define Scheme in a Can. It can be perceived as a speculative art piece, a strategic blueprint, an online comic book, a simulator for imagined economic models, a commentary on branding in dance music, or even an introduction to cooperatives. However, the main intention behind the project is for it to be used as a pedagogical tool.
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Socialism on the Blockchain

Grayson Earle
Against the backdrop of a nascent moment in cryptocurrencies, the task presented itself to leverage their speculative energy into collective action. The idea was simple: Mine cryptocurrency Monero, together, to post bail and get people out of jail.
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Weird Economies Portfolio

Erik Bordeleau, Vienne Chan, Climáximo, Luiza Crosman, Bassam El Baroni, João Enxuto and Erica Love, Halle Frost, Pedro Gomes, Margarida Mendes, Bahar Noorizadeh, Duda Pedreira
On July 10th, 2023, Weird Economies hosted its first in-person gathering in Lisbon, Portugal inside the cavernous space of Carpintarias de São Lázaro Cultural Center extending the network of weird economic experimentation. The second half of the event centered on exploring activities in Portugal. Weird Economies invited three Lisbon-based participants to provide localized perspectives on art, economy, and infrastructure.
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Shipping Doesn’t Do What Everyone Says it Does

Liquid Time
One question that lies at the forefront of much recent attention to supply chains and commodity flows is; ‘can the current map of financial flows survive a remapping of the world’s shipping system?’. A more pragmatic question might be whether the shipping system can survive its own financially-minded, oligopolistic death drive — or even, in its current bloated state, if it should.
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Economy of Elderly Care

Vienne Chan
This project, titled Institute of Care, takes the position that there must be an increase in the care labour force, that work conditions must meet the nature of care, and that a new kind of pension fund based on this labour can be constructive to these changes. Importantly, it takes the stance that simply increasing pension payments, whether from individual contributions or state subsidies, will not solve the problem because it does not address the labour that is critical to care. 
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Pension Funds

Vienne Chan
As a means to secure financial stability in retirement, private pension funds have been replacing public pensions around the world. In order to provide sufficient funds for a reasonable quality of life in retirement, individuals need to make monthly payments from salary for typically 35 years. Payment contributions differ between countries, ranging from 5% plus 3% from the employer in the UK,  to 18.6% in Germany, with half the contribution paid by the employer. The funds then invest these monthly payments into a variety of assets in order to make a profit to pay these individuals at retirement. 
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Reputation Volatility

Emily Rosamond, Anna Engelhardt
In the five years since Russia interfered in the US elections, cyberwar has continued to permeate digital platforms. Unfolding on social media, this mode of combat is governed by private companies rather than sovereign nations. The Facebook Papers, by revealing how the platform is wired for misinformation, illustrate how it operates as a digital battleground where conflict generates revenue. Therefore, to engage with the logic of cyberwar, we must examine the market rules the platforms obey. In the interview, Anna Engelhardt invites Rosamond to elaborate on the key economic principles of reputation warfare. In particular, Engelhardt will connect Rosamond’s thinking with the understanding of cyberwar as an economic enterprise, as analysed by Svitlana Matvyienko and Nick Dyer-Witheford in their 2019 book Cyberwar and Revolution.
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Finding Care in Rural Hungary

Vienne Chan
We exist within narratives in that it is impossible to exist outside of culture; rationality is just one narrative that is often presupposed to be objective truth, and it is a specific logic that can exclude other forms of knowledge and experiences.
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Speculative Communities

Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou, Chiara Di Leone
Speculation has been a hot topic, a nebulous yet mostly negative concept, and occasionally a swear word. Associate Professor of Sociology at UCL Aris Komporozos-Athanasiou dissects speculation with more attention and precision, looking at its historical genealogy and how it percolated from the financial world to our everyday lives. In this interview he tells us about the motivations and frustrations behind his newly published book “Speculative Communities” in which he investigates the financial world’s influence on the social imagination, unravelling its radical effects on our personal and political lives. 
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Neoliberals and the Disappearance of the Economy

Quinn Slobodian
What did it mean that someone deeply involved in the very activities and legitimizing structures of what would pass any rough definition of neoliberalism was himself engaged in exposing the “invention of the economy” and denouncing both GDP and the unemployment rate as “zombie numbers”? It should at least prompt a moment to reflect. What does it mean when an act of ideological critique becomes itself naturalized? Why is it that the invention of the economy has been absorbed relatively seamlessly into mainstream discussions? It might be helpful to recall then-U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich’s quotable prediction from 1991 that soon “there will no longer be national economies, as least as we have come to understand that concept.” What parallel tendencies might the act of deconstructing the economy be coasting next to, and perhaps inadvertently feeding off of--and in to?
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Red Soil, Black Air, Empty Water

Yasamin Ghalehnoie
The rural locality becomes a thing to be consumed by the cultural elite, hence a potential arbitrary asset; while at a similar pace, its value deteriorates as the lure of the island is directly linked to its exoticism and mystical scarcity. The encompassing access and commodification of landscapes contradict the need for the discovery of unknown mystique on the island.
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The Ministry for the Future

Cosmo-Financial Study Group
Kim Stanley Robinson describes his latest novel, The Ministry for the Future, as a sustained thought experiment that is designed to articulate a “best case [climate] scenario that you can still believe in.” One aspect of this "optopian" scenario concerns the creation of a worldwide Carbon coin, backed by the central banks and issued in order to finance the great ecological transition.
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What Good is Education + In Mimbres Valley

Colin Drumm, João Enxuto and Erica Love
In March 2022, Colin Drumm, a scholar and educator who focuses on monetary history and political philosophy, hosted us in Mimbres Valley, New Mexico where he lives and works. "In Mimbres Valley” is a conversational video that came out of a walking tour of a site surrounded by arid hills and ranches that is slated to be an alternative school that Drumm is founding. In a commissioned text “What Good is Education”, Drumm asks what kind of economic good is education. Is it a capital asset, a positional good, or is it a consumption good? These questions are duly answered by Drumm who concludes with a proposal for teaching the arts and humanities beyond the profit motives that have undone the American university system. For Drumm, the pleasure of reading and learning in itself is a consumption good worth paying for.
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Technology as Gender and other Embodied Phenomenologies

McKenzie Wark, Luiza Crosman, Nicolás Llano Linares, Tom Nóbrega
I’ve been thinking about what I call femmunism, which is neither feminist nor communist... What’s a sort of femme rather than feminist aesthetic, and that’s not all utopian, femmes have rivalries, are bitchy. There’s bad affect in it as well, but there is attention to surfaces, to effective connections and spaces, there’s decentering of certain kinds of aggression. How would we recenter forms of interaction around femme values? That seems to me to be an interesting project.
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Bitcointingency

Wassim Z. Alsindi
The mechano-vampiric paradigm of proof-of-work is a growing threat to planetary ecology: Bitcoin exists in competition with natural life for the harvestable energy this side of the Sun, and it will continue to outbid nature as time and capital accumulate in its ledger. This is the Faustian reality of proof-of-work: it works, and works, and works, and works…
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The Derivative Condition

Gerald Nestler
What surfaced with the 2007 crisis is the fact that the derivative has taken hold outside the arcane world of financial speculation: exploiting algorithmic processes that leverage the dynamic recalibration of contingent claims (another term for derivatives) is not only characteristic of finance. Rather, its performative language has become the template for a technocapitalism (i.e., data-driven financial and platform capitalism) in which the future turns from an uncertain and unknown horizon to a trajectory to directly act in and on the present. In a nutshell, the future emerges today within a derivative paradigm. 
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Inside the White Cube

João Enxuto and Erica Love, Renzo Martens
White Cube (2020) is a powerful and provocative dissection of art, class and decolonisation. The film follows the Cercle d’Art des Travailleurs de Plantation Congolaise (CATPC), a plantation workers’ cooperative based on a former Unilever plantation in the Congolese town of Lusanga, as they attempt to end the destructive system of monoculture on their lands – by building upon it a gallery, the ‘white cube’ of the title.
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Game of Claims: On Speculative Finance and the Social Logic of Leverage

Martijn Konings, Erik Bordeleau, Laura Lotti
Martijn Konings is Professor of Political Economy and Social Theory at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Development of American Finance (2011), The Emotional Logic of Capitalism (2015), Neoliberalism (with Damien Cahill, 2017), Capital and Time: For a New Critique of Neoliberal reason (2018), and The Asset Economy (with Lisa Adkins and Melinda Cooper, 2020). He is currently working on a book on the politics of asset inflation. He is also the co-editor of the book series Currencies: New Thinking for Financial Times. at Stanford University Press. During the 2021-22 academic year he holds a fellowship at the Berggruen Institute in Los Angeles.
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Trust, Tokens, Tyranny

Halle Frost, Sarah Friend
Artist, technologist and software developer Sarah Friend works on the imbricated fringes of art, finance and blockchain technology. From an NFT marketplace incentivizing coordination to scaling trust with the crypto-UBI project Circles, Friend uses software as a medium to parody, question and re-invent value and our social behavior towards capital.
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!!!Cuban Creativity

Nestor Siré
Creativity is the capacity human beings have to generate new ideas. This capacity tends to flourish in extremes or times of crises, although not exclusively. When creativity emerges as a response to conditions of emergency or scarcity, it acquires predominance in all areas of cultural, economic, and social organization, as is the case of Cuba.
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For the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog

Halle Frost
Creating an NFT from an art work on a Blockchain known to require the energy expenditure rivaling that of most countries where people will begin to suffer exponentially and extraordinarily is to assume the final evolution of artist as entrepreneur: No longer creator of beauty or meaning but of value.
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