What if the stock was not determined by supply and demand, but by the health of the earth and resource extraction? Many things in our society would be different, but I decided to investigate one small niche, the information devices a financial speculator in this fictional world would use. Today, traders use computers and fast connection to continually be in touch with the computer-managed stock market. But they also follow their gut feeling, observations and guesses about human culture, and where the market will go next.
The future object I imagined is an office data visualization, connected instead to a biolab that the speculator experiments with, testing different controlled environments. The device vibrates and blinks in the secret language of the bio market, and the speculator uses it to try to feel the future, and decide whether he should bet high or low in this environmental stock market.
an algorithm is developed that measures how each and every small quantity of manufactured material negatively affects the earth's environment. A supercomputer watches global trade routes, as well as reads the dynamic feedback of the living bio material of the earth collected from data points all over the world, in the oceans, forests, and atmosphere. A couple nations decide to experiment with their economy in a radical way: no longer are the value of goods determined by the invisible forces of supply and demand, but by the flux of the natural environment, the Earth’s A.I. They call this unique system terra-economics.
This project was created during an artist-in-residence at the Vertical Gallery in Plug-In-City, curated by Fictional Collective, in collaboration with Baltan Laboratories. It was exhibited during Dutch Design Week 2016 , Economia Festival 2017, and Fiber Festival 2017.