By Dadara on March 25, 2012
The Transformoney Tree will be the next stage of our Art as Money project, and the follow-up to the Exchanghibition Bank installation on the Playa in 2011. It will again deal with the value(s) of Money and Art in that vast moneyless desert. And we will need your help! We won’t need money, but we will need lots and lots of dollar (or other currency) bills……..
Does this sound a bit cryptic? Please read on and we will try to show, explain, and hopefully get you involved!
Our current form of currency is increasingly turning from a neutral medium of exchange into a system, solely based on our trust, that mortgages the present moment for a seemingly never arriving future payoff.
Interaction with the Transformoney Tree could help us with the shift from a fragile mono-money-culture to a diversified world of many alternative currencies, providing tools for exchange of various forms of value as a necessary alternative for our current debt-based-system, which is focusing on infinite economic growth on a finite planet.
Participants will be able to pick Exchanghibition Banknotes from the tree, while decorating its bark by gluing real banknotes onto it. In the process of interaction those banknotes will lose their financial value, but will add value to the artwork.
Are the roots of this tree the roots of all evil or the roots of all happiness? Hopefully they’ll become the roots of a new consciousness!
Money has become almost a part of our Nature, so it’s difficult to realize that for a big part of their history humans have lived without Money, and maybe this will be the case again in the future. But even long after Money will be gone, Nature will still be there and we might still be able to pick things of real value from trees.
For this project we will need a lot of dollar bills or other currencies and we will need your help: we are going to ask you for money – not as a financial instrument though, but as a material to create art……..
Interested to help us collect banknotes? Send us an email at inartwetrust (at) artasmoney (dot) com
You can send your banknotes physically by snail mail to:
In the U.S. : Transformoney Tree, c/o Nathan Richard Phelps, 1201 18th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122, United States
Bridgewire c/o Transformoney Tree, 1055 Industrial Way, Suite 20, Sparks, NV 89431, United States
In Europe : Transformoney Tree, t.a.v. Daniel Rozenberg, Govert Flinckstraat 404, 1074 CJ Amsterdam, Netherlands