ICO – a ritual

ICO – A Ritual to Reopen the Field of the Possible

Sunday March 5. – Tuesday March 7., New York City

This Monday, March 6th, ECSA will be leading a discussion on the unrealized potential of ICOs and presenting the State of the Project summary of where ECSA is headed next. The events will take place at Pratt Manhattan in NYC, and the entire program can viewed live via Zoom.

View it live: https://www.facebook.com/economicspaceagency/videos

Monday, March 6

2:00 - 3:45 pm ET:  Initial Coin Offering

- a ritual to reopen the field of the possible: a conversation lead by ECSA CEO Akseli Virtanen 

The Initial Coin Offering discussion will explore the deeper and broader potential of what an ICO can be. The power of finance in our hands doesn’t need to be just about raising funds or making money - it can be an invitation to risk and speculate together to open up possibilities that were not there before. We usually think of finance as an extractive practice that takes more than it gives. But what if at the heart of finance we find a logic of active offering? An offering gesture - a ritual - that both opens up and holds open new economic spaces? We invite you to take up a unique economic, ethical, aesthetical and political challenge: re-inventing finance as a collective practice of crafting futures at the end of the economy as we used to know it.

4:00 - 4:45 pm ET: Q&A Shootout  

- on the necessity of inventing new economic, financial and political forms. With Akseli Virtanen, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Robert Wosnitzer, Jonathan Beller, Erik Bordeleau, Laura Lotti.

4:45-5:00 pm Break

5:00 - 5:30 pm ET:  ECSA's State of the Project

What we’ve accomplished, where we’re at, where we’re going

ECSA's State of the Project presentation maps out ECSA’s plan to re-engineer what an ICO can be and to make an offer to the econauts of the world to join us as we build the next generation smart contracts and smart communities technology, and give people the tools they need to design their own economic spaces. It’s a brief overview for anyone interested in the work of the Economic Space Agency.


Full schedule of the multi-day event:

New Economic Spaces

An Extended Discussion of Financialization and Democratization of Financial Tools

The Volatility Working Group (Benjamin Lee, Robert Wosnitzer, et. al.), Senselab (Erin Manning, Brian Massumi, et. al.), Economic Space Agency (Akseli Virtanen et. al.) Graduate Program in Media Studies at Pratt Institute (Jonathan Beller, et. al.) and others will be conducting a series of open conversations on the current aporias and possibilities of financialization. We will discuss the seemingly irresolvable problems posed by jobless society, capitalist hierarchy, climate injustice, racism, colonization, neo-fascism and the like in relation to the fact that coming economic, political and financial structures are opening for design in front of our eyes. In what ways can the new network technologies and reimagined financial technologies open new economic space?


3/5 Sunday

Volatility Working Group and SenseLab Encounters

The New School for Social Research, Wolff Conference Room

(Room 1103) 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY

lunch and tea/coffee served,

12-5 pm

(closed seminar, for access email Eli.Nadeau@newschool.edu -- limited space )


3/6 Monday

Economic Space Agency workshop: Initial Coin Offering - a ritual to reopen the field of the possible

Pratt Manhattan Campus (Directions to Pratt Campuses, Map)

West 14th street Room 213


Opening remarks by participants, followed by working session on “Initial Coin Offering - organized by Akseli Virtanen of ECSA. ECSA is a group of artists, activists, poets, philosophers, economists, and others working on new economic, financial and political forms that will allow organizers, activists, collectives and other small groups to capture their own value on their own terms. “Bitcoin broke the taboo on money, it showed that we have the power and imagination to reengineer finance. With the next generation distributed technologies, we are now capable of engineering even more interesting, adaptive and powerful financial and economic instruments and social relations.


3/7 Tuesday

New Economic Spaces:

On the Democratization of Financial Tools

Pratt Brooklyn Campus (Directions to Pratt Campuses, Map)

Room: Main 210

5-7:30 PM

Brief panel presentations by Jonathan Beller, Robert Wosnitzer, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, Benjamin Lee, Akseli Virtanen and special guests, followed by discussion with all present


Erin Manning & Brian Massumi

Philosophers and Cultural Theorists, Sense Lab

Erik Bordeleau

Economic Space Engineer, ECSA

Laura Lotti

Software & Economic Space Engineer, ECSA

Douglas Rushkoff

Professor of Digital Economics, CUNY