London artists on fiction and reality

14 October 2014 - 4 January 2015

MIRRORCITY shows recent work and new commissions by key emerging and established artists working in the capital today. These artists seek to address the challenges, conditions and consequences of living in a digital age.

Alternative School of Economics: The Fiction of Money

Thursday 13 November

Alternative School of Economics (Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck) lead an afternoon study session exploring the abstracted nature of money. The session starts at the Hayward Gallery and culminates in a behind-the-scenes tour of J.P. Morgan's trading floor in Canary Wharf.


The Alternative School of Economics will explore how money has always occupied virtual territories, whether fictional spaces created by the imagination or in new digital realities. Importantly, money also has very real material consequences. Through brainstorming, group discussion and a site visit to J.P. Morgan's trading floors, the session will investigate how money flows between these different realities throughout history, on the trading floor, and in our daily lives. Subjects will range from Rai Stones to complex financial instruments such as Dark Pools, and the Bitcoin. Work generated from this session will be presented as an introduction to a talk with Professor of Sociology at LSE Nigel Dodd, on Sunday 16th of November at 3:30pm.


Date & Time

Thursday 13 November,  2-5pm



Session starts at the Hayward Gallery Project Space

Session ends at Canary Wharf underground station



Free but booking essential.


Book a ticket for the event here.  


Participants will need to cover travel expenses for one tube journey from Waterloo to Canary Wharf

Sunday 16 November

Join the Alternative School of Economics (Ruth Beale & Amy Feneck) for presentations and discussion about the abstracted nature of money, with guest speaker Nigel Dodd, Professor of Sociology at London School of Economics. 


Date & Time

Sunday 16 November,  3.30-5pm



Hayward Gallery Project Space



Free with same-day exhibition ticket



Image: Rai Stones, from Caroline Furness Jayne, String Figures and How to Make Them, New York: Dover Publications, 1962 (first published 1906). Photographer: William Henry Furness, c.1903.