7th of September 2012
Vidmarhallen / Vidmar +
Konzert Theater Bern
8.00 pm — 11.30 pm
Check-in open at 7.00 pm!
Expert discussion 1— CHF!
Concept & space design:
Hannah Hurtzig / Mobile Academy
Direction & project management: Philipp Hochleichter /Mobile Academy
Research & interviews:
Eva-Maria Bertschy, Carena Brenner, Martina Scherler
Production management & PR: Martina Scherler
Assistance set design:
Atelier für visuelle Kommunikation HKB, Kunz
Project management Biennale Bern: Barbara Stocker
PR Biennale Bern: Gisela Trost
Technical management: Christoph Gorgé
Manager stage operations Konzert Theater Bern: Claude Ruch
Announcer: Milva Starck
Hosts & hostesses: David Berger, Gabi Frei, Gina Gurtner, Nele Jahnke,
Nathalie Lustenberger, Stefanie Mauron, Svetlana Marchenko, Tina Raaflaub,
Olaf Schmidt, Anna Stein
Infrared receivers: Ellerbrock Konferenztechnik
With special thanks to Roman Brotbeck, Beatrix Bühler,
Pirkko Busin, Priska Gisler, Carolin Hochleichter, Luzia Hürzeler,
Tobias Lambrecht, Maike Lex, and the workshops and the fundies of the
Konzert Theater Bern
A production by the Mobile Academy Berlin, the Intermediality Research
Group at the Bern University of the Arts (HKB), the Biennale Bern, and
the Konzert Theater Bern.
for Useful Knowledge
and Non-Knowledge No. 15
On the gradual dematerialization of a medium of exchange
“Why, I reflected,
does the vault not collapse, given that there is nothing holding
it up? It stands, I replied, because all the stones want to collapse
Heinrich von Kleist
all Photos by Loulou d'Aki
Our relationship to money has become increasingly ambivalent in
recent years: based on the division of labor, our globalized life
is scarcely conceivable without money, and yet doubts are growing
as to its ability to sustain a stable and meaningful social order.
Its credibility is built on its involvement in cultic practices,
its coverage by real valuable objects, or in securities backed by
the state. Its practicability has helped it over the centuries to
gain worldwide, hardly unquestioned, acceptance across all cultures.
In the meantime though we can hardly imagine where money comes from,
where it goes, what it consists of, and what guarantees that we
can still buy something with it tomorrow. Even before the abolishment
of the gold standard only a tiny portion of business was transacted
with coins and banknotes. Today banks create our money literally
from nothing; and unfathomable sums circulate around the globe with
lightning speed as mere numbers in computers.
Little attention was paid to money for a long time;
it was considered to be a neutral ‘commodity’ that efficiently
simplified barter transactions. The crises of recent years have
laid bare the internal dynamics of credit-based money however. The
propulsive, accelerating impact of interest and interest on interest
demands an exponential growth projected into all eternity, contrasting
starkly to our world of finite resources. What has loomed threateningly
over our heads for a few years seems like an ever-recurring attack
by the future on the present: in order to press ahead with the endless
proliferation of money, the engineers of complex financial products
and futures are turning more and more insecurities of the future
into purportedly acceptable risks in the present. Today money thus
seems like an invisible, self-sufficient juggernaut that is increasingly
degrading people from the subject of history to its object.
But the original function of money is to serve: money
makes society possible, for it connects people, things, goods, and
worlds, and separates them again in turn; without money, it is highly
doubtful that they would ever come together and find common ground.
In this BLACKMARKET we would like to discuss the relational aspect
of the medium money. We want to take a closer look at how we handle
money and what our understanding of it is, so as to be able to trace
other principles in relation to work, value, and resources.
Can we again put a brake on money’s inherent
dynamic? Are we now dependent on the very creatures we have made?
Or is it, perhaps, still OUR MONEY after all?
Taking place regularly since 2005, the BLACKMARKET FOR USEFUL KNOWLEDGE
AND NON-KNOWLEDGE is developed further and adapted thematically
at each new venue. The BLACKMARKET is at once a show room and production
space in which narrative formats of mediating knowledge are tried
out and presented, as are transdisciplinary research approaches
on learning and unlearning knowledge and non-knowledge.
The public, for the evening more like clients,
can chose from 26 keywords: ranging from “A” for “Arbeit”
(“work”) through to “Z” for “Zukunftsszenarien”
(“Future Scenarios”). A total of 57 experts will sit
at 18 tables over the course of the evening and offer snippets of
their knowledge which can be related and learnt in 30 minutes.
In this way BLACKMARKET 15 will lexicalize key aspects
of money live: a medium that is becoming increasingly intangible
for the individual the more areas of our life it is actually determining.
knowledge is offered in the following languages:
G erman, English, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian
EXCHANGE & DEBT
FIGURES & ACTORS
STRATEGY & TACTICS