Heidi Hinder was awarded one of three Craft + Technology research residencies, in order to develop a proposal for exploring the so-called 'Internet of Things’; smart technology embedded into everyday objects. Supported by the Crafts Council and Bristol’s Watershed Media Centre for three months, Heidi researched the far-reaching themes of money and value in her proposal ‘Money No Object’, producing innovative new work at the dynamic intersection of material making and digital interaction.
Adopting a broad line of enquiry, ‘Money No Object’ questions prevailing concepts of value, and playfully explores alternative economic ideas; considering for example, a new significance for material and physical currencies in an increasingly immaterial world, where smart payment transactions are imperceptible, but human emotions, creativity and culture, remain something that money can’t buy. Alongside sex and war, physical money has been a constant in human history. But coins, cash and credit cards, are arguably obsolete now that digital representations of currency are beginning to substitute these material objects. Yet trading still relies on trust. So how can we trust what we cannot tangibly experience, what we can no longer touch, see, smell or hear?
'Money No Object' has re-imagined the designed object of money, exploring what could happen if financial transactions offered a different kind of value proposition, and in a new creative economy, could trigger invaluable and enriching points of exchange.