If you are in México City and want to get into the Digital Material Sunflower nano-macro-economy you can start by getting in touch with the oldest DMS money exchange in the city: Nimda Commerce Bank. It´s managed by Señor Justy Rames, who has been in charge of doing all sort of financial operations with Spacebank since 2012. Rames started working as a virtual real estate landowner within the Second Life 3d world, becoming an important developer in the settlements of Desierto de lo Virtual, Offshore and Conurbado.
In may 2013, The project became a node located in Tlalpan, but it had an unexpected economic setback during the summer before relocating temporarily to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Nowadays the operation is back home. And while the project became much smaller than a node, it does provide account holders with some of the perks of a bank. Users get a debit card, that gives access to Nimda´s own stock exchange (called the Jow Dones) and there´s always a new concept in progress under Nimda´s sleeve.
As time goes by, Spacebank managed to fill its coffins and build-up a secret treasure somewhere in the Financial District. For obvious security reasons the contents of the box can´t be disclosed (or even shown) to non-shareholders.
Customers that have an active account and in good standing can ask their personal banker for a picture of the objects stored in the latest visit. But for the rest, unless there ever was an exhibition that went past the money museum it all will remain a mistery. That is, till the right moment for the alchemical experiment happens. And then, only if the formula works out.
During the launch of the CACAO currency in Mexico City, the Diego de la Vega co-op will attempt to establish a financial flow that allows the nano-macro-economy of the Digital Material Sunflower to access (and be accesed) by the CACAO. Because of this reason, a distribution operation of more than a hundred books will go on sale at Museo del Chopo. These can be paid with Digital Material Sunflowers, CACAO solidarity currency, or Pesos mexicanos, etc.
The obligation of all vendors at the CACAO tianguis is to accept 20% in the complementary currency (the main 80% in Pesos mexicanos), but as a token of trust Spacebank will accept up to a 100% payment in CACAOs, and it will make it convertible into any currency it holds at the time of the exchange.
The two suitcases full of Fiction Department books (104 units) represent the initial investment of what it is expected to become a long term relation with CACAO.
The domain name of Spacebank is about to become 8 years old (even though Spacebank has been 8 uears for a couple of months now) by staying as real and grassroots as when it began. To this moment the clientelle doesn´t surpass the mark of 250 customers, and the investments have managed to stay -for the most part- circling where the virtual community can see their effect. Books, solidarity agriculture, co-operative digital labour, all sort of computer servers, rural land, minted coins, microfinance, clothing, energy, narrative and games r&d, infrastructure, activist campaigns (as an actual investment that will actually pay back on the mid-term with convertible currencies), and sometimes investments on traditional finance (like the stock exchange), or even professional sports.
It has created financial flows with nodes in many geographic locations (although many less than than it wanted), in more than 30 countries. Sometimes these flows are smaller (or bigger) than others. And its only till pretty recently that it started charging an annual fee of $1 USD, which account holders can even pay with digital labour, if they prefer not to spend traditional money. But this is what allows the bank to pay for hosting and other expenses, as well as to be able to do non-remunerated banking transactions 365 days a year. That is, our spacebanker doesn´t charge a DMS for the daily overclock of the calculator.
And now, Spacebank also wants to initiate relationships with people who want to start money exchanges, nodes or banks denominated in Digital Material Sunflowers anywhere in the world. This will allow all of us to create other type of social relations of production and distribution, mediated by the persons involved. Don´t hate the banks, become the banks. If you are interested, be sure to contact Spacebank.
The person behind the alter ego of Ilich Sabotage was invited by Krystian Woznicki to COMPLICITY (the Berliner Gazette Conference 2013) titled ”How can Pirates & Capitalists, Hackers & Journalists, Amateurs & Pros work together?” The scenario that his group was supposed to enact was what if a country, like Ecuador, Iceland, or Venezuela would decide to put online, a Universal pirate public library that didn´t pay neither royalties and was open for everyone to access. Such library is a work in progress by Marcell Mars, from Zagreb / Beograd). We can only imagine that because of this and the influence of others persons in thet ever important node of cyBerlin, Sabotage Management will keep the shop open for at least another year more. It´s been 16 years of constant life and travels in Berlin, and the project keeps on morphing and shifting up and down, sideways and on a hypnotic loop. A curveball can be expected anytime soon. Or not.
So the latest news at Diego de la Vega co-op is that during the visit to Bogotá, a financial mechanism was established in order to be able to continue working the project known as Story Writing Machine. The program will only last for a year, but during those 12 months it has to become self-sustainable or else, either find a new partner or cease to exist. The fund will have the name of Transmedia Izquierda Bogotá fund and as the name makes it clear, it will look to review works that fit under the storytelling characteristics related to the “lately in-vogue” transmedia label. Hopefully, besides the research published on the weblog, some other form of documentation or production can be achieved. And for this, we will need everyone´s solidarity. So get close and find how to support or join the production-research unit. We are thinking that 1 dollar a month per subscriber, will help the project stay afloat… and bloom.
Variable Network State reacted fast in order to stop the Diego de la Vega co-op from aborting its Partido CyberPunk experiment. It used up all of its artillery in order to win time for the networked political party that uses the traditional central committee form of organization.
This puts another experiment on the line of fire. That is, the Variable Network State will face the same problems the PCP has now. But as things are, its probably more important for the system to be working on urgent things and leave the truly important objectives till the upcoming 2014. After all, what is this if not an experiment?
Inventar el Futuro nos muestra la formidable -pero todavía corta- historia de los usos artísticos de los medios electrónicos. Una historia comparable a la creciente penetración de la tecnología en todas las facetas de la vida. Más de doscientos artistas e instituciones de más de treinta países aparecen aquí. Siete líneas temáticas organizan casi un siglo de material de extraordinaria diversidad, restándole importancia al aparato tecnológico pero enfatizando continuidades a través de periodos, géneros y medios. El objetivo es permitir que la amplia genealogía del arte y los medios electrónicos en el siglo XX sea entendida y vista, literal y figurativamente, como elemento central de las historias del arte y de la cultura visual.
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Sweatshop Revolución is a space that hasn´t been able to start its engine for different reasons, among them the fact that the two hosts of the space work in an entirely different ground. To start with, the labour of La Cooperativa Orgánica happens on the soil and where its urban agriculture projects happen to be. And the The Diego de la Vega co-op is for the most part based in New York City. It doesn´t help either that the office hours of the building are from 10 am to 5 pm, and that that there is no electricity. Yes, things would be solved if the solar generators owned by Spacebank were set up to create its magic, however that doesn´t solve the aspect of human capital. And the fact is, not many persons want to work for no wage, on a marginal project focused on a economic self-sustainability that actually demands of participants to spend money on their work.
So unless something happens, The Diego de la Vega co-op has set its eyes on Sweatshop´s website to convert it into the weblog of the NYMLB consumer cooperative. Sounds like the healthier thing it can happen under the circumstances. Although yes, its a total shame that no one jumps into the space to work under the nano-macro-economy of the Digital Material Sunflower. But if you are interested, be sure to contact Sweatshop.
BSEX Marketplace [26/oct/2013/] Highlights:
- The New York Baseball Consumption Cooperative shares goes down to 0.85 DMS after reaching a high of 1.01 DMS. The fall is because the first payment towards the season ticket has already been made. As soon as this week it is expected that a season-long seat is secured.
- Solar Heat Ovens of Substitute materials continue rising, as the supply exported to México is about to end. At 3,423.30 DMS it seems like a good offer before it rises more.
- North Brooklyn local currency, the Brooklyn Torch continues soaring versus the Digital Material Sunflower. It has been expanding in the last months as more places accept it. It is now valued through BSEX at the rate of 415.36 DMS per unit.
More info at: http://spacebank.org/bsex/
Today's exchange rate of the Digital Material Sunflower: 100 DMS = 96.63 LND = 41.09 JPY = 5.43 MXN = 0.42 USD = 0.31 Euros = 0.26 GBP = 0.002 BTC. For exchange rate up to the minute: http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/calculate_convert/currencyconverter_palplesoftware.html .