5. War on Cash
It is rumoured that cash will be abolished in the next upcoming years as already witnessed through dwindling cash circulations and increasing worldwide disputes commonly headlined as War on Cash or Death of the Banknote.
For me, a re-examination of the experience of banknotes, such as in its sensory, cultural and aesthetic qualities was crucial as a starting point to grasp the medium and the consequences of its demise. The project attempts to initiate a process of thought that re-examines the individual's own experience with cash as a haptic and sensory medium. A participatory art project (www.waroncash.net) was designed to invite the public to engage with the topic through completing and submitting tasks. War on Cash aims to unveil the many facets of individuals relationship with cash. Sixteen tasks were formulated, each focussing on a specific quality of cash as the artist invites the audience to perform existing or lost cash rituals, address their cash knowledge and memory, delve into the different functions of cash as well as to confront one's own taboos on cash.
︎ Published on Art & Design Education in Times of Change
Online | 2016
Task 4 - Use magazines, newspapers or any medium of mass media to look for images of/relating to/concerning cash. It could be in any form such as a photograph, illustration or text. When you are done, carefully cut out these images and glue them onto a piece of paper of your choice.
Task 6 - Sometimes we do strange things with our cash, only later, realizing how unusual it actually was many days, months or years after the event. You probably told a friend or colleague about what you had done, and then realizing through his or her reaction how strange that activity was or met someone who had done what you had done as well. Write down your uttermost taboo experience with money on a piece of paper. Send it to us anonymously and burn or destroy it so that no one you know will ever set his or her eyes on it.
Task 10 - Take a photo of where you normally store you secret cash stack.