Circadian Capital

Title: Circadian Capital
Year: 2009
Medium: table, custom coins, custom software, sound equipment


Circadian Capital is a site specific sound installation that sonifies currency exchange rate data.

Per the latest UN study more than half of the world-wide fortune is in the hand of two per cent of the population of the world yet half of the world population owns less than 1 percent of the entire world fortune. Additionally over a trillion of dollars worth of currency are traded daily. Circadian Capital is a site specific sound installation demonstrating the fluctuation of trading market influences on selected currencies.

The differences within the composition are achieved by pinning 12 western (e.g. US Dollar, Euro) currencies against 12 rogue axis of evil currencies (e.g.: Iranian Rial, Venezuelan Bolivar). The installation reviews current data and evaluates it against its counterpart, thereby influencing the audio in real time.

The installation reflects upon the vast amount of currencies traded and hopefully illuminates the intricacies and interdependencies of these currencies.

The carefully chosen currencies play a vital role in today’s political climate. Circadian Capital will investigate, how dependent the currencies are on each other and how easily influenced all of them are by common political actions. (e.g.: Wars, trades, political decisions)

Circadian Capital was premiered in Linz, Austria in 2007 and shown again in Chicago, IL in 2009.






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//benitez_vogl, Margarita Benitez and Markus Vogl develop work within a hybrid art praxis since 2000. They question contemporary issues concerning technology, such as exploring the mediation of information in our lives. Their current research explores 3D printing and transformation of the human form with through concepts of biomimicry, the concept of pret-a-faire (ready-to-make) thru generative fashion applications and open source tools for artists.