Bailey Reutzel is roadtripping across the USA, looking for stories about “people using local currencies, time banks, cooperatives, and other systems that subvert mainstream financial tools.” Interview at The Atlantic.
Signs are considered, on the one hand, through their performative dimension, and, on the other hand, as the object of capitalistic investment. Most of the talks could actually be interpreted in that perspective. Many dealt with the managerial configuration of organizations, which relies heavily on rhetoric crafts and which also contributes to the transformation of such organizations into financial assets. The pedagogy of finance, we also saw, often requires an intimate transformation of the self through participatory, experiential means, and translates accordingly into the intimate experience of “become capital” oneself. The performative becomes “value creation” in a very financial sense of the term.
‘Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present’ is a touring exhibition dedicated to mapping everything financial. It features images, illustrations, and visual media alike to give the visitor an altogether different and poignant impression of a little thing we call ‘money’. With the exhibition currently in the middle of its four-stop tour, USSO interviews Dr Paul Crosthwaite, one of the three academic investigators on the project.
“Meet the Curator: ‘Show Me the Money: The Image of Finance, 1700 to the Present'” at US Studies Online.