Bread, dosh, dough. Whatever name you give it, our relationship with money is everchanging. With the new 12-sided £1 coin entering circulation, we delve into your wallet to trace the history of currencies, the challenge of counterfeits and attempts to find alternative economies. As cryptocurrencies offer the promise of a world without banks, join us to test what this might mean for what we buy and explore what it takes to design new money.
Austin Houldsworth exhibited the installation Walden-note Money – This musical sculpture invites you to step into the world of Walden Two, a utopian novel by behavioural psychologist B.F. Skinner. Building on Skinner’s ideas, this futuristic musical payment machine emits melodious noises, which denote the destruction of money that occurs during each of its transactions. Come listen to its dissonant chords as it churns out an ever-changing pattern of notes and hums.