Digital Futures talk with Brett Scott, 19 November 2015

Mapping the Frontiers of High Finance: Creative approaches to exposing the invisible world of money

Mapping the Frontiers of High Finance: Creative approaches to exposing the invisible world of money

The financial sector is notoriously opaque and alienating to many people. It is cloaked in different forms of invisibility – either through secrecy and concealment, or through complexity, jargon and obscurity – and we often struggle to conceptualise how it works and how money moves. Making the invisible world of global finance visible is a highly important task and there are a range of exciting projects attempting to do just that. In this talk, I will explore different approaches to unveiling the financial sector, from open data mapping and photography to computer games and digital art installation pieces. We’ll look at new attempts at visualisation and sonification, and consider how money might be accurately represented in an era of digital payment via offshore tax havens. I will also touch on some of my experiences in financial anthropology, an approach to experiencing the deeply human world of otherwise faceless financial institutions. We conclude with an open discussion of potential new creative ideas for mapping high finance, where participants can bring in their own ideas and expertise.

Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists and students, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, Aeon and CNN.com. He is also a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, helps facilitate a course on power and design at the University of the Arts London, and facilitates workshops on alternative finance with The London School of Financial Arts. He tweets as @suitpossum

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