We Currency device 2014

Austin Houldsworth (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formArtefact


3m x 3m x 3m Scaffolding, wooden forms, pneumatics, control systems

The large-scale interactive device makes palpable a radically different notion of money designed within the cultural context of Yevgeny Zamyatin’s novel WE. The highly planned society in WE, means trade is redundant and therefore there in no need for a ‘medium of exchange’ (trade facilitating) function of money. In this context money is a ‘culturally defined ‘store of value’ and ‘unit of account’ represented by a huge sphere, made up of individual sections that represent individual’s adherence to duty within the society.
When all sections of the sphere are together and form a perfect shape, citizens are performing their duties as intended. If a worker deviates from his duties, his section of the sphere slowly moves away from the collective and access to the city is slowly diminished.
We Currency was commissioned by Longbridge Light Festival.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInstallation
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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