A monetary system designed within the cultural context of George Orwell’s’
‘Nineteen Eighty Four’.
Beyond the paternalistic control of big brother and
between the super states of Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, lie the disputed
territories. Due to the continual change of ruler over these areas, no trusted
financial institution has ever been established. Rather the people living within
these areas have developed a payment system, which serves as both personal
protection and a medium of exchange. This payment method embodies
two ideas of value; on the one hand wealth and on the other life. The trader’s
greed for gold is often tempered by the penultimate meaning of loss.
'‘Wealth beyond big brother,’ is the latest practical project from my Phd research. The focus of which is the development of a new design method called ‘Counterfictional design’. This method shifts contemporary design constraints, by using social science fiction novels as a framework to design alternative socially dependent technologies.
Initially presented at the Royal Geographical Society Conference:
RCA biennial: Why would I lie :