Lately I’ve been really excited about the work of Chris Lee, a graphic designer whose work and research deals with currency. He addresses how the design of money implicates its users within political-economic power dynamics, both citing compelling histories and imagining new systems.
You can read Frontlining Currency: “Speculative Numismatics” as Antagonistic Graphic Design online in the current issue of the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest and follow his blog, Nomadic Institute For Ethnomathematics. If you happen to be in Amsterdam before July 1, you can visit Energy Battlefield, an exhibition Lee designed with Femke Herregraven at Mediamatic Fabriek. The show consists of a life size board game in which players must navigate the politics and economics of energy trading.