Walden-note Money

Austin Houldsworth (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


The monetary system in this project was designed within the cultural context of B.F. Skinner Walden Two. Through this project I imagine and design a payment system that challenges the established monetary function of ‘a store of value.’ Creating a new method of exchange that encourages people to actively destroy their money during a transaction. The process positively reinforces this behaviour through the creation of music, produced from the burning money within the transaction machine.
Walden coinage is made from potassium nitrate and sugar to produce smoke. The musical notes that are created are linked to the denomination of the money.
Walden-note Money is part of a 3 year research project, which focuses on the development of a new design methodology called counter-fictional design. It explores the artists current research focus of imagining and developing alternative monetary systems. The project is designed to challenge the classic economic functions of money and present alternatives.
The rationale for the work to be exhibited in this particular space, is to be seen by a wider audience; to be viewed by passers by who might not otherwise attend a private view or gallery opening, but might be interested in thinking about money in a different way. As ultimately money is a social technology, which should operate for the people who use it and not for a select few who manipulate it.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

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