NSK State – FIAT

  • Wed 21 Feb 24

    14:00 - 15:00

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  • Event speaker

    Charles Lewis, NSK State

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    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Commons Organizing, Values Equalities and Resilience (COVER) Research Seminar series

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    Centre for Commons Organising Values Equalities and Resilience

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The Centre for Commons Organising, Values Equalities and Resilience (COVER) welcomes Charles Lewis from NSK State to the research seminar series.

Seminar summary

When citizens of a virtual art-state took it upon themselves to create a new currency, they chose a radically different direction than the blockchain coins currently in vogue. By appropriating not only the physical materials but also the functional aspects of the existing financial apparatus, the principals of the NSK State Reserve extended the retro-avantgarde toolkit of the NSK State to bring the financial industry and its history into frame. This book reprints the notes and bonds created by The Reserve, recounts key events from the history of this institution, and offers direct insight into their process and principles.

This book showcases and discusses the idea of currency, money, art and what denotes a currency that we are happy to exchange and value.

Both editions of the book come with an NSK printed banknote and the hardback also includes an NSK printed bond. Each piece of currency is an artwork in itself and a former currency note or bond.


How to attend this seminar

This seminar is free to attend and you can register your interest online 

We welcome you to join us online on Wednesday 21 February 2024 at 2pm.


Speaker bio

Charles Lewis

Charles Lewis is an active citizen and diplomat of the NSK State, and has participated in many NSK State events including the Citizens' Congress, the three Folk Art Biennales, and the NSK State Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He has lectured on NSK-related topics at various institutions and events including Stony Brook University New York, The Morbid Anatomy Museum, the Hauser & Wirth gallery in New York, and MoMA, and is a principal of the NSK State Reserve. In addition to his work with the Reserve, Charles is a technologist in the financial industry, and has recently written a horror novel he describes as “Cormac McCarthy meets Love and Rockets.”