Thursday, 29 June

Next Society

Thu 29 June | 13:15 - 13:45


The Bliss Suite

Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks and Other Money Stuff

Museums are full of the coins, notes, beads, shells, stones, and other objects people have exchanged for millennia. But what about the debris, the things that allow a transaction to take place and are left in its wake? How would a museum go about curating our scrawls on electronic keypads, the receipts wadded in our wallets, that vast information infrastructure that runs the card networks? ‘Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks and Other Money Stuff’, co-edited by Lana Swartz, is a catalog for a museum exhibition that never happened. It offers a series of short essays, paired with striking images, on these often ephemeral, invisible, or unnoticed transactional objects—money stuff.


Lana Swartz was a post-doctoral researcher at the Social Media Collective of Microsoft Research New England and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Today she is an assistant professor of Media Studies at the University of Virginia. Most of her research is about money and other communication technologies. At Border Sessions, Swartz will talk about her co-edited book Paid: Tales of Dongles, Checks, and Other Money Stuff.