At the 8th edition of the MoneyLab conference, hosted by Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Nika Mahnič interviewed RYBN about their work as a part of the Tax havens: Normalized Grand Theft panel. RYBN is an artist collective formed in 1999 that has, over the past years, researched the economy and the global financial system in their contemporary manifestations, thus offering a privileged vantage point from which one can view the transformations brought about by cybernetics. In this interview, they delve into their background, their achievements in databasing, the golden passport phenomenon and why offshoring was and remains a powerful tool of colonial and illiberal dispositions. They often use their art projects to shine some light on the dark side of global finance and show how the neo-illiberal class is successfully working at normalizing and legitimizing it.
Nika Mahnič: Offshoring and Other Magic Tricks of Global Finance: An Interview with RYBN*
Series edited by Janez Fakin Janša
Publisher: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
Represented by: Marcela Okretič
Proofreading: Sunčan Stone
Design: Luka Umek
Layout: Sonja Grdina
Cover: A data visualisation of all of the nations implicated in the offshoring accounts disclosed by the Panama Papers, and their relations to one another.
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Printed and distributed by: Lulu.com
Supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.
*Originally published in: Nika Mahnič, Max Gorynski, “Offshoring and Other Magic Tricks of Global Finance: An Interview with RYBN”, Medium, June 2020, https://medium.com/wonk-bridge/offshoring-and-other-magic-tricks-of-global-finance-an-interview-with-rybn-56def933d625.
On the occasion of MoneyLab #8 – Minting a Fair Society
Related event: Tax Havens: Normalized Grand Theft