4 Dec 2018


Georgios Papadopoulos “Faceless Value: Mobile Laboratory for the New Aesthetic of Digital Exchanges”

Faceless Value is an open and mobile laboratory that is investigating the invisible iconographies of digital exchange. The central question that motivates the research addresses the capacity of digital technologies to signify and communicate economic value and their influence on our understanding of this concept.

Thursday, 29 October

18:00 Welcome and Introduction

18:30 Soft(ware) Value; a historical analysis of the presentGeorgios Papadopoulos & Matthias Tarasiewicz

A short history of digital currencies from their first incarnations in videogames and programming to DigiCash, Bitcoin and Ethereum.

19:30 Drinks

Friday, 30 October

18:00–20:00 Workshop: Post-digital Numismatics

The aim of the workshop is to sample from different economic media and interfaces, including alt-coins, e-banking portals, paywalls, credit card websites, private and public corporate logos. The output of the workshop will be presented to the public on the closing event.

Saturday, 31 October

11:00–18:00 Workshop: Post-digital Numismatics Continued

18:30–19:00 Presentation of the output of the workshop 

19:00–19:30 Performance Lecture Economic Picnolepsy: Value Aesthetics and the Disappearance of Money, Georgios Papadopoulos

The performance lecture tries to capture the epileptic state of consciousness (described as picnolepsy by Paul Virilio) produced by the speed of circulation of economic value in electronic networks and automated financial transactions.

20:00 Reception Money-Music Extravaganza

Faceless Value will come to a highpoint with a money-themed party. The results of the workshop will be ready for viewing. Everybody is welcome to participate and experience the fever of the acceleration of the circulation of money. If it’s good for the economy, it’s good for everybody and for the Art too.

All the events are open to everyone, but for the better planning of the workshop, participants are kindly asked (but not required) to register in advance here: http://goo.gl/forms/XvF6Bkz16g

Georgios Papadopoulos is a theorist that combines economics, aesthetics and philosophy with an exploratory artistic practice. His research gravitates around money and he has published three books and many articles on the subject. In 2012 he received the Vilém Flusser Award for Artistic Research from the transmediale festival. Georgios Papadopoulos is in residence at HIAP during October and November 2015 and he is participating in the project Skills of Economy, curated by Jussi Koitela.


Matthias Tarasiewicz founded the CODED CULTURES initiative (media arts festival and research platform) and is active as curator, researcher and technology theorist since the last millenium. Deeply involved in coding and decoding (both literally and theoretically) he researches in the fields of artistic technologies, experimental documentation and cryptocurrencies.