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Currency Concept Design Workshop

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500 Kastanjelaan

5616 LZ Eindhoven

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A workshop by Lenara Verle & Ilan Katin

Wouldn't it be great to develop and design your own money? Join this once-in-a-lifetime Currency Concept Design Workshop. You will interactively learn about alternative currencies and how these influence the way money is used in society by playing the board game 'Currency Lab'. After this introduction, you work on your own currency design, referring to the form as well as to the accompanied rules and mechanisms that make it useful in everyday life.

The currencies to be developed in this workshop, the “Warhols”, are inspired by the iconic statement that in an ever-faster-paced world, anyone will have 15 minutes of fleeting fame. At the same time, in a society with increased surveillance and growing levels of over-sharing, obscurity emerges on the other side of the spectrum as a valuable asset.


Money is a technology designed and engineered by us. From mutual credit circles to debt jubilees and gift economies, the history of money has many valuable lessons and sources of inspiration showing its possibilities as a technology for change. We will interactively learn about alternative currencies and how these influence the way money is used in the society by playing the board game Currency Lab.

Subsequently, the workshop participants will work in groups and negotiate the types of goals they want to achieve with their currency design. When we mention design, this doesn’t refer to the visual look of the currency, but to the rules and mechanisms by which it is created, given value and exchanged in the economy. In fact, the currencies will be digital and exchanged by text message, in a system inspired by the Kenyan currency M-Pesa.

The idea is to test the Warhols currency by setting up a special marketplace during the festival. The attendants are entitled to receive an amount of different versions of Warhols and can use them to buy and exchange items in this market.

Please note: There are limited seats available. Make sure you get a spot by registering on this page (only in combination with a passe-partout or day ticket of the date of the workshop).

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