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Dominant Policy

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Dominant Policy, HD digital video, transforms various international currencies into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope, evolving from abstraction to recognizable elements. The video considers decades of graphical change as monarchies reign, regimes fall, values fluctuate, and counterfeiting increases. Ad...Read more

Dominant Policy, HD digital video, transforms various international currencies into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope, evolving from abstraction to recognizable elements. The video considers decades of graphical change as monarchies reign, regimes fall, values fluctuate, and counterfeiting increases. Adding to the instabilities are collapses of economies rendering a country’s existing currency worthless yet with time collectors covet the forgotten and once again elevate its value and thus significance. In Dominant Policy, I treat the featured currency with the same significance, from the smallest to the unattainably large denominations, folding their inherent worth.

Since their development, currencies have been based on complex systems dictating value and ultimately determining sociopolitical power. In an attempt to retain control over the definitions of physical currency, governments layer intricately patterned colors and lines, weave specialty papers with security threads and holograms, all while the majority of monetary value moves at light speed in the form of zeros and ones.

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