Workshop on the Intricacies of Planning, Governance, and Finance with Érik Bordeleau (senselab/ECSA)

On the 4th of February 2019, CCP‘s cultural theory wing had organized a small workshop on the intricacies of planning, governance and finance. Consultant Érik Bordeleau, member of the Berlin-based Start-Up ECSA (Economic Space Agency) and the Montréal-based research consortium sense lab ( introduced the participants to his recent research into the social logic of finance, governance and planning with a deep dive into cultural theory, blockchain parlance, speculative philosophy and economics.

The workshop entitled „50 Shades of a Network Derivative“ introduced the participants to the complex relations of time, finance and risk.

Taking crypto-economics as a starting point, it became evident that programability has returned as a hot topic in planning and governance. But this time the return of fantasies of control encloses sovereignties of small kingdoms, such as cryptocurrencies. „We can now all program our own small kingdoms“ says Bordeleau. The invention of value as a parameter of programming introduced a missing link into the networked cultures of today.

During the workshop the participants, comprised of CCP members and students from Leuphana, discussed theoretical statements and quotes taken from a large variety of literature that Bordeleau had pooled before.

The workshop was organized by the project ‘Complexity or Control? Paradigms for Sustainable Development (CCP)’, Leuphana University Lüneburg and Arizona State University, which is funded by the Volkswagen Stiftung and the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur.