Giant Pool of Money

With support from:
The Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

 “Non Aes, Sed Fides”

  Not Money, But Trust

 -translated inscription on Maltese coin 1567

 

 

The Giant Pool of Money series examines the thoughts and beliefs that led to the global financial crisis in 2008 and the profound loss of faith in markets that followed.

The centerpiece of the series is a 15-foot-tall pyramid of champagne glasses, connected to a change machine that breaks dollar bills into “quarters.” The coins were actually replicas minted out of the element gallium, a metal that melts just above room temperature. Transported by a network of conveyor belts to the top of the pyramid and deposited into the uppermost champagne glass, the coins melt and cascade down the pyramid over time.  It’s equal parts literal trickle-down theory and Terminator 2’s liquid metal monster.

Viewers  feed paper money into the machine themselves in order to confront how events in their own lives relate to the mind-bogglingly complex, media-constructed image of our economy.  What seems like solid, familiar, everyday currency melts before our eyes, threatening to collapse the entire, fragile system — a visual rendering of our loss of faith in our globally interconnected economy.

An interview about Giant Pool of Money on RT America.

Tender, (India) 2017
On November 10 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 “will not be legal tender from midnight tonight” and these will be “just worthless piece of paper.” In the same speech, he also urged people to help government in its fight against fake currency and black money. What was once legal tender has been completely erased and turned into “just worthless piece of paper.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tender is featured in #exstrange: A Curatorial Intervention on eBay, the book that documents the exhibition is available for purchase, online reading and download at Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing.

The book includes essays by Renee Carmichael, Padma Chirumamilla, Mark Dery, Marialaura Ghidini & Rebekah Modrak, Gaia Tedone, and Rob Walker. The texts reflect on the many disciplines intersecting within this project (Art, Consumer Culture, Information Technology, Law and Sociology). The essays can also be found in the Writing section of this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brexit, 2017 features a turntable with a vinyl single of Should I Stay or Should I Go by the Clash. Instead of a needle, a new UK 5-pound bank note is used.

Brexit , Installed in Heatsink, a 2017 solo exhibition at The Emily Davis Gallery. The University of Akron Myers School of Art.