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Money to

the Tiny Big Journey


writer:
Perus Saranurak
Tracking money for revealing our relaonship
Project:

Money;
To the Tiny Big Journey
Trackingmoneyforrevealingourrelationship

Goldsmiths, University of London


Techno-Nature
Therelationshipbetweenhumanandnatures

Writer:
PerusSaranurak
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Contents

Introduction.........................................................................................................1
Overview:betweenhuman&nonhuman......................................................1
Projectstatement............................................................................................1
Money:theobjectofvalue..................................................................................2
Whyismoney?.................................................................................................2
Moneyinthisproject.......................................................................................4
Project:theTinyBigJourney................................................................................5
Collectivevalues...............................................................................................5
Revealingmethod............................................................................................5
Reportonpractice...............................................................................................6
Theprocessofcreatingastory:trackingmoney.............................................6
Pilottest...........................................................................................................7
Story:TinyBigJourney.........................................................................................9
Prototype:theJourneyDiary.........................................................................10
Conclusion..........................................................................................................13
Reflectfromthepractice...............................................................................13
Backtothekeyquestion................................................................................13
Reference...........................................................................................................14

Introduction
TinyBigjourney:thejourneyofmoney

Overview: between human & non-human
In technonature class, studying about the essence of technology, it also
questionsmewhatistheessenceofhumanity,creatureorlife.Nowadaysbothof
themseemto mergeand toenhanceeach other,which becomesproblematic to
distinguish them clearly. As Bradley (2006, p.3) said that the ontological
boundaries between the human and the technological constantly need to be re
drawn.
Project statement
Byfocusingon digitalerawearelivingin,itcanbe seenthatatonatonofdata
has been created in every second, every move and place. At the same time, the
datapossiblycouldbeseenasithasalifeandfedbyhumans.
To question on the boundary between human and technological, this project
wouldliketogiveanideaaboutwhatwoulditbewhenweseethelifelesstools
as a live thing. Thus the project will use some tools to reveal the sense of life.
Andalifelesstoolwhichthisprojectchoosesismoney.
This project tries to change the role we normally see money, as a tool for
exchangeability, to be a tiny traveller. This project will use the data which
generate when we use money for creating the unique story of each banknote,
suchasajourneydiaryorpassport.

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Money:theobjectofvalue

Value is an addition to the completely determined objective being states


GeorgSimmel(1990,p.60).

Why is money?
Basically, money is the tools for representing value. Also, by considering the
propertiesofmoney,itseemstosignificantlyrelatetotheessenceoftechnology
thatHeidegger(1977) statesin questioningconcerning technology.For example,
in a city life, humans are surrounded by commodities which make life easier
becausewe,asconsumers,canusemerelymoneyasastandardtooltoexchange.
Conversely, many seem to believe that money becomes the must for survival.
AccordingtoArthurBradley(2006,p.3),hesaidabouttheideaoftechnologythat
it can no longer be seen as tools, but it's become the basic and enabling
conditionofourlifeworld.
Thischapterwillintroducethekeyfunctionofmoney,theobjectofvalue.
Economicvalue
Firstly, the function of money could be seen as to visible economic value. It
represents a standard value in the community to enable to exchange and to
comparetheeconomicvalueofeverything;includingproducts,objects,material,
resources, lands, experiences, story, knowledge, beliefs, also human and many
things.Thisprocessisknownaspricing.
However, the nature of money value is not same as gold value. Gold has a value
fromitselffromhowrichofitsmateriality.Evenmoneycanrepresentthevalueof
gold,butthevalueofmoneydoesnotrelatetoitsmaterial.Inthephilosophyof
money Georg Simmel (1990, p.120121) explains that the value of money is by
expressingtherelativityofthingsthatmakeupthevalue.Moreover,thebasisof
moneycouldbeseenasafuturepromiseandanacceptanceinthecommunity.
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In the way that money represents a value, it has to distort the qualitative value
intothequantitativemeasurableunit.Thisalsoaffectsourperceptionsbecauseit
reveals only economic value and blinds other values, such as the relationship
betweenpeopleintheprocessofexchange.
Exchangeability
Mostinteractionsbetweenpeopleareformsofexchange,whichdevelops
to be relationships. Even Simmel (1990, p.82) states in the Philosophy of
Money.Actually,Moneyisproducedtobeatoolforexchangeability.Also,
he explains (2009,p.210)thatMoneyisthepurestformofthe tooland it
has the capacities in transformation, mobility, communication, store and
beingthestandard.
By its capacity, It can be transferred between person to person continuously. In
another view, it could be the one of the powerful object in connecting many
people who never know each other together. However, nowadays the society
becomesmorecompetitiveandisolated.Followthis,Moneycouldbeseenasthe
tools for individual achievement. As well, most consumers tend to concern more
merelyabouttheproducttheyarebuyingandlessinthesellerswhotheytalkto.
Obviously,thissituationusuallyhappensinashoppingmallwheretheeconomic
systemcutstherelationshipbetweenpeopletoenrichtheproductivity.
Paradigm
Somecouldseethatmoneycanextendlivingconditionstobefreedom,interms
of controllable and independent life. Because, following economic patterns,
money could be used to access and achieve almost everything in our lives,
includingthestatusinsociety.
Conversely, the economic system also illustrates the picture of a meaningful and
successful life to motivate itself. Hench, most people tire themselves to the role
of consumers. By comparing with the notion of technology, Albert Borgmann,
cited by PeterPaul Verbeek (2002, p.2), states that technology in terms of a
paradigm, a pattern in the way people live their lives, which comes about when
theyusetechnology.
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Furthermore, in these days, it is hardly to imagine how to live without money.


This could clarify the Heideggers word everywhere we remain unfree and
chained to technology, in the worst possible way when we regard it as
somethingneutral(1977,p.3).
Money in this project
However, in my point of view, the importance of money belongs to relationship
and diversity. Money allows a person to contact with other persons who are
different.Ifwearelivingintheworldwithoutconnection,orifeveryoneissame,
money would be valueless. So, this project would like to reveal the value of
moneyintheaspectoftherelationship.

Project:theTinyBigJourney

Collective values
Byconnectingmanypeopletogether,moneycouldbeusedasatoolforrevealing
therelationship.Andtheoneaspectthisprojectconcerniscollectivevalue.For
understandingthecollectivevalue,MarcusHedahl(p.1)explainsthattheessence
of collective values is to do together, not only common understanding. It would
be grounded in our collective concern which could become the values of ours,
wevalue
Toextendtheideaofthecollectivevalue,whichcouldbeexperiencedinactivities
or practices, this project would like to reveal wevalues by record them. This
couldmakewevaluetobemorevisibleforreviewingandcomparing.
Revealing method
This project will use this potential of money in interacting with many different
crowdstorevealthecollectivevalue.Inthisprocess,thisprojectwillfollowthe
one of metadesign tools name Collective storytelling, a tool for the transition
from'meness'to'weness'.(Metadesigner.org).
ThisprojectadaptsCollectivestorytellingtooltobetherevealingmethod:
1. Createtheplatformwhichenablespersonswhohavethesamebanknotes
sharingtheirindividualactivities,experiencesorstoriestothegroup.
2. Track banknotes to collect the story and show the relationship between
people.
3. Transform the data into the unique format of the diary, which connect all
activitieseachbanknotefromvariouspeopletogether.
The story will show that each person is in the part of the whole story and
experiencethesenseofthecollectivevalue.Thisisthereasonthatwhythisessay
focusingatbanknotebecauseithasanumberwhichcanidentifyandtrackonits
journeytoseeunexpectedrelationship.

Reportonpractice

The process of creating a story: tracking money


Firstly, the method for tracking of this project is to stick a banknote with a QR
code because it can use as a shortcut to run a program, which the users can
accessaninstructionanduseit.
However, after I talked with Pete Roger, Goldsmiths Senior Computing Tutor, he
mentions that the QR code technology is not popular and a bit complicate for
massusers. Thus,this wouldbe hardto getthe data. Also, he suggests twitter is
wouldbethebesttoolbecauseitiseasy,ithasamillionofusers,andithasmany
pluginswhichcanusetosupportthisprojectinmanydirectionsinstepfurther.
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ScriptingonabanknoteisillegalintheUK:
"Concerningnotes,theCurrency,andBankNotesAct1928saysIfanypersonprints,orstamps,
orbyanymeansimpresses,onanybanknoteanywords,lettersorfigures,heshall,inrespect
of each offence, be liable on summary conviction to a penalty not exceeding one pound. The
penalty was changed to 25 in 1977 (Criminal Law Act, s.31) and to 200 in 1982 (Criminal
JusticeAct,s.46)."
Moreover,tostickaQRcodeoraninstructoronthebanknotecouldprobablybe
illegal too, but in the pilot test I try to inform users by sticker. Even it is not
successful,butIhavearelevantissuefromthistest.
Otherprojectsintrackingbanknotes
This is the existing websites which create the platform for report the banknote
dataandshowthelocation.
WheresGeorge?:ThisprojectintheUSsince1998:
(http://www.wheresgeorge.com/wild.php).
Wheresyourmoney?:ThisprojectisintheUKsince2009:
(http://wheresyourmoney.com/).Thissiteaskspeopletowritetheweblinkon
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The final expectation of this project is to bring the journey of money into the
tangibleperception.So,scrapbooksordiarybookswouldbethefinalapproachof
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However, the tracking process requires a very long period, as can be seen in the
project of Wheres George? and Wheres your money?. For making a
prototype, this project will use the data from (http://wheresyourmoney.com/)
andrepresentitasapassportwhichshowsthetravellingstoryofthebanknote.

FIGURE 5: THE METHOD TO CREATE PROTOTYPE:


TRANSFORM DATA FROM WHERES YOUR MONEY WEBSITE

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Conclusion

Reflect from the practice
Thisprojectstillhasmanyproblemswhichcouldbeseenwhiledoingthepractical
experiment. Firstly, it is lack of motivation to bring people to be the parts of the
storytellers. In the interview, many interviewers say they do not know how it
work and what it would be in the end. Thus, to make the users understand the
wholesystem,thisprojectshouldstartfromtheoutcomeoftheproject,suchasa
websiteorrealdairybooks.
Secondly, the number of banknotes is quite long (e.g. KC55 218411) and
unfamiliar.Inthenextstep,thisprojectwilluseonlytheprefix(e.g.KC55),which
refertogroupsofthosebanknoteswhichoriginatedatthesametimeandplace,
fromthiswebsiteofPamWestBritishNotes.Furthermore,theidentificationby
number or code is in the format of production, nonhuman, which should be
transformed into a name. For example, the number KC55 matches with the
name Kelly in the baby name guidebook. This could encourage people to
participateanddevelopthesenseoflifeinthestoryofmoney.
Finally, the story should have some benefit back to the community. So, this
project can apply to the B (Brixton pound project), the project in Brixton,
London, UK, make money work for that area for supporting the small shops and
markets there (http://brixtonpound.org/). Moreover, the method of B would
bethegoodcontextforTinyBigJourneyprojectbecauseitisacloseareawhich
can be easier to inform the inhabitants. Also, the approach of this project could
be seen as the collective stories which can enrich the collective value in the
community.
Back to the key question
In my opinion, the boundary between human and technology have already
ruined. Both human and technology are interdependent. According to Ivan Illich
(1990,p.10),hesuggeststheideaoftoolsforconvivialitythatPeopleneednew
tools to work with rather than tools that work for them. Human should change
perceptionabouttechnology,notseeasourslave,butasourpartner.
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