Demonstration with Money 

“Umverteilen!” Berlin (12/11/2022)

With the gesture of the "Demonstration with Money", we explore the misappropriation of money and the social synthesis through money. We asked how we could devalue and misuse money as a means of payment or exchange. Instead of taking our money to a store and exchanging it for goods, we take our money to the streets with the purpose to gather together. The gesture questions not only the feelings that everyone personally associates with money, but also our collectively repressed relationship to money. Demonstrating with money has a cathartic effect. The gesture hints at the power of money and how we could misappropriate this power to reorganize ourselves. Let’s misuse the force of money to reorganize ourselves!

In the gesture of demonstrating with money, the world appears to be turned upside down: Money is transformed from a medium of relations of commodity owners into a medium of revolt against the logic of capital. Demonstrating with money as a pre-enactment and as a gesture of de-subjugation.

Based on these ideas, we developed a practice of intervention in 2022. Here we explore the gesture of demonstrating with money by joining existing demonstrations.

Supported by Fonds Darstellende Künste with funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media within the program NEUSTART KULTUR #TakeHeart Residency Grant in cooperation with Mousonturm Frankfurt.

© Felix Falczyk, Johanna Herschel 2024.