Utopia Stock Exchange

πŸ“’ A trading platform with real money and real utopias πŸ‘Ÿ Dortmund, 2014 🏠 Hartware Medienkunstverein 🐯 with Invisible Playground member Anna Hentschel, Mira Frye, Holger Heissmeyer πŸ”— website
The USE trading floor at Dortmunder U

I originally developed this format in collaboration with Carolin Hochleicher and Jutta Wangemann for a festival at HAU Theater in Berlin. In 2014, I had the chance to stage a second edition with Invisible Playground for a conference run by HMKV in Dortmund.

The trading night is preceded by a participation process collecting local utopias. We work with the β€œutopists” to turn their ideas into stocks. During the trading night, the audience uses a digital trading platform with live data visualization to buy and sell the utopias for real money, collectively evaluating the value of the ideas and slowly gaining control over their development.