I promise to pay

Experiments with the properties and materiality of money.

‘Money is worth what people feel it’s worth. They accept it in exchange for goods and services because they have faith in it. Economics is closer to a religion than a science. Without millions of individual citizens believing in a currency, money is coloured paper... confidence isn’t a side issue. It’s the only issue.’ Shriver, L. (2016) The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047.

Personalised single transaction documents: imagined pre-purchased books with a barcode and expiry date. The opposite of anonymised currency.

Commodity currency: the goods themselves are the money, for barter.

Perishable currency: timelapse over six weeks.