Currencies of the undercommons: The hidden ledger of proletarian money sabotage

The Institute for Network Cultures has just published the State Machines Reader (free online!), edited by Yiannis Colakides, Marc Garrett and Inte Gloerich. It’s a phenomenal collection of essays, art and interventions in which I have a chapter titled “Currencies of the Undercommons: The Hidden Ledger of Proletarian Money Sabotage.” The broader State Machines project,…

Coming of Age in the Financialized Pokéconomy

In recognition of the Pokémon franchise with the release of the augmented reality game Pokémon Go, I thought I’d share “Play: Coming of Age in the Speculative Pokéconomy,” a chapter from my 2014 book Cultures of Financialization: Fictitious Capital in Popular Culture and Everyday Life.

Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies in an Age of Financialisation (in Finance and Society)

I’m pleased to announce that my essay “Art and Money: Three Aesthetic Strategies  in an Age of Financialisation” has been published in the inaugural issue of the post-disciplinary journal Finance and Society on the theme “Hard Cash.” You can read and download the article at http://financeandsociety.org/article/vol-1-no-1-2015-haiven/ Abstract Recent decades of financialisation have seen a significant growth…

Regarding the Dam | Watermark review essay

Late last year, I prepared a review essay regarding Edward Burtynksy and Jennifer Baichwal’s film Watermark for Harvard Design Magazine‘s 39th issue “Wet Matter.” Unfortunately, the HDM could only publish and abbreviated version because the issue was packed with a great variety of other fascinating material, all presented in a truly lovely package. Thanks to Pierre Bélanger, Jennifer Sigler and Leah Whitman-Salkin…