Pool of Plenty & Exchanghibition Bank

Pool of Plenty & Exchanghibition Bank

Postby dadara » Sun Dec 12, 2010 12:10 pm

After working very hard on this concept for a long time, I am pleased to show it to the 'real' world for the first time today :-) :

THE POOL OF PLENTY AND EXCHANGHIBITION BANK

"When Bankers get together for dinner they discuss Art. When artists get together for dinner, they discuss money" - Oscar Wilde

Do you remember the image of Scrooge Duck diving into his money? Wealth and material accumulation once provided a happy image to children around the world, but have become increasingly dystopian and suspicious in recent times. Financial crisis has removed the pot of gold awaiting us at the end of the rainbow. Insatiable appetites for growth have allowed greed to drive us to the end of an abyss. While there is a great deal of disagreement, there is one consensual truth: something needs to change. But even though the fantasy of riches has gotten ever more distasteful, can you still resist a swim in a pool filled with money?

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And that will be my new art project on the Playa: a pool filled with millions of money bills, bundled in stacks -The Pool of Plenty. A closer look at the pool will reveal that the bills in the pool are not real money, but pieces of aesthetically pleasing art. During today's financial crisis, art has been frequently cited as an advantageous alternative asset class and diamond encrusted skulls and Picasso's go for over one hundred million. But do the millions of dollars that might buy you a Warhol or a Koons speak about the social or artistic value?

Entering the pool building through the steel vault door the visitor will be locked for a few seconds in a disorientating black void. Another door will open and a world very different than the one left behind will unfold itself; a sterile world full of money!

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Pool personnel will greet the visitor and show them where they can undress and store their belongings before entering the pool. As the participants will strip down to enter in a pool of artful riches, they'll realize it's strictly forbidden and enforced by security guards to take even one bill back to their camp! This pool will provide a mouth-watering oasis, without quenching your thirst.

In Black Rock City, a city that functions without money, a Fort Knox like vault will hopefully challenge the assumptions and relationships participants have with money, and art. A transitional experience putting money back into the face of the participants, who I’d hope would use this time not just as a vacation void of currency, but an opportunity to detach, reattach, rethink and question ideas and values.

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There's also a part of the project which will happen before in the default world, where It will be possible to get a bill though; they can be bought, or rather exchanged at the Exchanghibition Bank (yes, in times when banks fall and need to be saved by the government, I will start my own bank!). There'll be a fluctuating exchange rate. The first bill I designed has denomination Zero, but could become the most expensive bill, because of its beauty and scarcity. The bank booth will be traveling around, sometimes at festivals or openings, but also popping up guerilla style in unexpected places. And of course the exchange rate established will give the millions of bills in the pool a value of many millions of dollars,

Does that mean the pool is a good work of art?

The bank site is http://www.exchanghibitionbank.com

There is also a blog (http://blog.artasmoney.com/ ), which will feature posts about the progress of the project, but more importantly, will act as a discussion- and information platform about art and money and the value of art and will feature guest bloggers and writers giving their opinion and insights on the subject. And hopefully you will get involved in the discussion as well! Various writers and bloggers, such as Ladybee, King Adz (writer of Street Knowledge ), Sal Randolph (artist giving away free money),Groundswell Collective (critical cultural producers at the intersection of art and activism), and yours truly will share their opinions and views on money and art on the blog

The Exchanghibition Bank will hopefully also help us raise money to make this new Dream become a Reality and collect enough money to fill the pool. And of course this bank won't get a bailout from the Government, so we need your bailout! A first fundraising campaign has been started today as well at http://www.indiegogo.com/Exchanghibition-Bank

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Let's swim in our fantasy while others drown in their reality!

I hope this post will start spreading the ideas and thoughts behind the project. I also hope it will help me raise some money to fill the pool (after all; Money alone won't make Dreams come true but it sure helps!). It would be also cool if people checking out the blog could come up with suggestions, ideas, and connections for other cool and interesting writers and bloggers for the blog-platform (and get themselves involved in the discussion as well by commenting). Organizing this whole project from Amsterdam in the Netherlands obviously has some disadvantages, so any help offered in the US is very welcome (though of course I don't want to exclude anyone from outside of the US, who wants to offer help.......). I'll need to get an infrastructure organized in the States and find some headquarters for the Bank as a home away from home. Nimbyspace in Oakland already offered me working space, which might be a good place to start. Also I'd love to find places, events, galleries, etc around the US where I could set up the bank booth in the period leading up to BM.

Okay, enough typing for now, after all I still need to paint some money :-)

I will use this thread to keep you all posted on any cool new developments as well.

Yours Bankingly

Dadara

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Exchanghibition Bank

For those that are not familiar with previous art-installations of mine on the Playa, I have included a few links:
Fools Ark (2002): http://www.dadara.nl/sculptures-and-installations/Fools-Ark
Burning Greymen (2003): http://www.dadara.nl/sculptures-and-installations/burning-greymen
Dreamyourtopia (2008): http://www.dreamyourtopia.com
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Postby oneeyeddick » Sun Dec 12, 2010 7:46 pm

I fondly remember Fool's Ark, we have it's burn on video somewhere.

Talk about wierd timing to burn an installation.
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Postby H.G.Crosby » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:10 pm

i like this idea alot.


My "Gang" and i will be stopping by, for a quick visit to See the Ass-ets you describe.


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Postby dadara » Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:46 am

Our most important way of communication won't be the eplaya, but the blog of the project - http://blog.artasmoney.com, which will inform you about all the efforts made behind the screen to make this Dream become a reality, but also will give you lots of stories and articles about art and money and the relationship between the financial and intrinsic/spiritual value of art.

Yesterday was our first day online

so far we had two guest bloggers
economist and futurologist Peter van der Wel
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/12/14/is-art-money-2/
and King Adz (author and editor of Street Knowledge)
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/12/09/cash-rules/

We also started a Facebook page. Check it out and 'like' it to stay updated!
http://www.facebook.com/ArtAsMoney

And last, but definitely not least, this Dream will (unfortunately) never come true without money..........

In 40 hours we managed to get 450 'likes', but only 50$ in donations :-(
So once more the fundraising page:
http://www.indiegogo.com/Exchanghibition-Bank
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Postby Parasitoid » Thu Dec 16, 2010 8:42 am

awesome!
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buy money

Postby Sirjohnfoams » Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:29 am

So can i already 'buy' some of the money?
It looks great... And if i pay more for it, will that influence the exchange rate?
(let's get your funding going;-)
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Postby Nothing » Fri Dec 24, 2010 4:02 pm

Yeah the exchange rate is really interesting. I saw on the Exchanghibition Bank website the sidebar that follows how different currency values relate to each other. I imagine that once your money goes into circulation it will be listed there as well? How does a new currency gain real value I wonder?

Fascinating project!
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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Dec 24, 2010 8:36 pm

Nothing wrote: How does a new currency gain real value I wonder?

Basic solvency of the country behind it.
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Postby fbcota » Sun Dec 26, 2010 1:55 am

Sounds like a pretty amazing idea!!!
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Postby dadara » Sun Dec 26, 2010 9:31 am

theCryptofishist wrote:
Nothing wrote: How does a new currency gain real value I wonder?

Basic solvency of the country behind it.


In this case that means the basic solvency of Dadaland I guess........

If you want to stay updated when the currency will get issued and how the exchange rate will develop, than you should sign up for the Exchanghibition Bank's newsletter at
http://exchanghibitionbank.com/contact/subscribe/

In the meantime I will keep Making Millions :-)
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And if anybody has any tips how to make the real money for this project.
I am still trying to figure out how to get the Indiegogo fund-raising page going: http://www.indiegogo.com/Exchanghibition-Bank
And yes, I know the Burner community seems to prefer Kickstarter but as a non-US-citizen unfortunately I can't use Kickstarter........

And if you want to know how to burn lots of money, than read the post about burning a Million British Pounds on the 'Art as Money' blog:
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/12/21/burning-1-000-000-brittish-pounds/ or check out any of the other posts.

And if you're triggered by the posts, please leave your comments on the blog, so we can start a discussion and start rethinking our values concerning the value of art and money!

Yours Bankingly

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Postby Nothing » Sun Dec 26, 2010 6:48 pm

[quote="theCryptofishist"][quote="Nothing"] How does a new currency gain real value I wonder?[/quote]
Basic solvency of the country behind it.[/quote]

Agreed Fish, but there are also other forms of currency that are not government backed and still hold value in certain communities.

There is Ven which HubCulture uses in it's mission to cross over between digital and material realities.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hub_Culture

Calgary Dollars which are meant to keep value in a local community.
http://calgarydollars.ca/about.html

A quick search reveals a lot of social experiments revolving around "alternative currencies" so I suppose the deeper question is actually how to get one of these currencies to grab hold. Perhaps it's as simple as a community agreeing to a value and beginning to use it? If so then Dadara's art money could take on real value pretty easily if people are into it. If I buy/trade/exchange one of Dadara's Zero Dollars for an American dollar then you buy/trade/exchange a dollar for that same Zero dollar that I have I think it's safe to assume the Zero dollar is worth a buck. If these exchanges keep happening it becomes easier to see the value and then it becomes REAL. It's sort of weird and simple but appears to be true.

Maybe I'm missing something?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Dec 26, 2010 7:26 pm

I knew I was doing a very crude, perhaps snidely so, explanation. I believe that Ithaca New York was the first with those local currencies, the Ithaca Hour. There's one in Berkeley ("Bread") but whenever I look into it, there's nothing I want to buy with it.
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Postby dadara » Mon Dec 27, 2010 10:21 am

theCryptofishist wrote:I knew I was doing a very crude, perhaps snidely so, explanation. I believe that Ithaca New York was the first with those local currencies, the Ithaca Hour. There's one in Berkeley ("Bread") but whenever I look into it, there's nothing I want to buy with it.


I wrote something about the Ithaca Hours on the blog of this project:
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/11/18/time-is-money-but-is-it-art-as-well-2/ (and keep finding lots of amazing other stuff concerning art and money while doing research)

The cool thing about this money is that you won't need to worry what to buy with it, because it looks so cool you'll want to keep it!

After all it's art, not money. Or is it money, not art?

Making people think about the value of art and money might be more valuable than the money itself.......

or not ?

:-)

PS in 2008 my Dreamyourtopia crew discovered they could pay with the Dream Dollars that belonged to the project for their coffee or Chai tea at Center Camp, so I guess that exchange rate was three Bucks to one Dream Dollar !


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Postby Timezone LaFontaine » Mon Dec 27, 2010 2:54 pm

dadara wrote:And if you want to know how to burn lots of money, than read the post about burning a Million British Pounds on the 'Art as Money' blog:
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/12/21/burning-1-000-000-brittish-pounds/ or check out any of the other posts.


I was going to link to this to see if you had heard about it, too. I've been thinking about this act for years, sometimes wondering if I would be capable of doing the same thing, or if it would have even occurred to me as an option if I had the means. Although I can't articulately explain why, my underlying feeling about them burning the money is something akin to gladness. Simply because it is an action expressing a different power dynamic in humans' relationship with money than we normally experience. Normally, people are pushed around by money... sometimes desperate for it, driven to superstition about it, or tempted to become ruthless and coldhearted by it. Even kind and conscientious people spend a lot of time and energy thinking about it, working for it. To act in such a way that reveals its true nature as an utter abstraction, a tool for human use which is in fact a merely imaginary idea symbolized by sheets of paper, is for some reason extraordinarily rare. I expect I would probably do something different with the money, especially now that they've done this, but I appreciate them having done it, and the way they did it... the "million pounds/million dollars" dream ideal, and the private and unspectacular setting. And the fact that it is so thought-provoking and evocative of so many different responses from people who hear about it or watch it, proves to me its worth as a meaningful act and/or work of art.
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Postby dadara » Mon Dec 27, 2010 3:19 pm

Timezone LaFontaine wrote:
dadara wrote:And if you want to know how to burn lots of money, than read the post about burning a Million British Pounds on the 'Art as Money' blog:
http://blog.artasmoney.com/2010/12/21/burning-1-000-000-brittish-pounds/ or check out any of the other posts.


And the fact that it is so thought-provoking and evocative of so many different responses from people who hear about it or watch it, proves to me its worth as a meaningful act and/or work of art.


Without the influence of this piece I might have never even thought about burning the Fools Ark, which I built in Amsterdam in 2002 and shipped to the States before burning it on the Playa. I literally burnt all the money I had......

I think it's a great action and the million pounds burned have triggered more than one million different opinions by now, I guess.

It would be cool if you could also post your thoughts in the comments underneath the post on the blog. After all the blog is there to trigger discussion about art and money and your voice is important as well!

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Postby JStep » Mon Dec 27, 2010 5:01 pm

I'm intrigued and inspired. I will be following the blog, I have "fanned" you on facebook... And I will contact you about opportunities in my area of the US.
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Postby Dr Jet Sinister » Wed Dec 29, 2010 8:27 am

I'm reminded again how incredibly detailed and beautiful your work is Dadara! Smashy and I are looking forward to helping out.

On the other hand, I can't help thinking of paper cuts. Is that a 'back of the ticket' part of the piece? :D
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Postby dadara » Thu Dec 30, 2010 6:43 pm

Dr Jet Sinister wrote:I'm reminded again how incredibly detailed and beautiful your work is Dadara! Smashy and I are looking forward to helping out.

On the other hand, I can't help thinking of paper cuts. Is that a 'back of the ticket' part of the piece? :D


The amount of details means it's a lot of work to Make Money, especially when you're Making Millions. (sometimes art can be just like the real world)

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it :)

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Paper cuts won't be a problem, because even though it's a swimming pool, it's more about a transitional passage than a refreshing swim:
A mouth watering oasis, which won't quench your thirst...........
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Postby Nothing » Wed Jan 05, 2011 2:38 pm

The amount of details means it's a lot of work to Make Money, especially when you're Making Millions. (sometimes art can be just like the real world)

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it :)




So just to be clear when you say that you're "making millions" you are actually printing millions of bills...
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:45 pm

Looks like drawing to me...
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Postby xaramonkey » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:32 am

Good luck getting thru Customs.

" Do you have any foreign animals, fruits, vegetables, medications or sums of currency in the amount above $2500 USD ?"

"No,no,no,no and yes. I have a swimming pool full of hand made bills."


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Postby xaramonkey » Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:26 am

[quote="Nothing"]Yeah the exchange rate is really interesting. I saw on the Exchanghibition Bank website the sidebar that follows how different currency values relate to each other. I imagine that once your money goes into circulation it will be listed there as well? How does a new currency gain real value I wonder?

Fascinating project![/quote]

Worth= Perceived Value. In any "seismic event", tsunami, or other "real emergency" where all the social rules go out the window, every currency becomes worthless. A bazillion little pieces of paper with pictures of Dead Kennedys become worthless. Everybody instantly/ always knew/knows that and the smart people loot food while the dumb people loot flat screen TV's.
Comparing the value of Currency A to Currency B is all based on perceived value of what we all really know to be worthless, but are willing to trade for just long enough to "pass the buck". To make any currency "worth" anything you just have to convince other people to perceive value in it. For instance, by posting a comment about how people have used that currency to buy cups of coffee "worth" 3 American Dollars.

I like this project. The hardest part is gonna be convincing the swimmers that the pool is filled with "real money" and not just a bunch of paper.

If somebody hasn't beat me to it, I'd like to bid a crisp clean American $20 bill on the Serial# 0 Exchangibition Note.

See how it works ??
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Postby AntiM » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:43 am

“If money can't buy happiness, I guess I'll have to rent itâ€
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Postby dadara » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:47 am

xaramonkey wrote:Good luck getting thru Customs.

" Do you have any foreign animals, fruits, vegetables, medications or sums of currency in the amount above $2500 USD ?"

"No,no,no,no and yes. I have a swimming pool full of hand made bills."


It's funny you mention this. You can't imagine the hassle I already had at the Dutch border when I came in with a suitcase filled with 'money' from my Dreamyourtopia project a few years ago........

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xaramonkey wrote: I like this project. The hardest part is gonna be convincing the swimmers that the pool is filled with "real money" and not just a bunch of paper.

If somebody hasn't beat me to it, I'd like to bid a crisp clean American $20 bill on the Serial# 0 Exchangibition Note.

See how it works ??


Since (unfortuanely) the money I am creating won't enable me to pay for the entire project I started a fundraising page at Indiegogo, where you can get a signed money bill of the first edition by donating 20 dollars.....

http://www.indiegogo.com/Exchanghibition-Bank

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Nothing wrote:So just to be clear when you say that you're "making millions" you are actually printing millions of bills...

theCryptofishist wrote:Looks like drawing to me...

Both Nothing and Cryprofishist are right:
YES, it is a drawing (actually a painting, but that's purely a technical detail) and YES, I am going to actually print millions of million bills.


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Postby dadara » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:50 am

[quote="AntiM"]“If money can't buy happiness, I guess I'll have to rent itâ€
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art object worth projections

Postby ethersnow » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:08 am

Hey! your currency art is beautiful! I wonder if taking some of your imagery and live projection mapping it to physical objects in a quasi feedback loop that links both the value, pleasure and observed worth of an object with its projected image worth. Could be fun.
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 06, 2011 11:38 am

now Dadara, i dont want to print any Fiat Money that wont be ACCEPTED hence i've decided to follow thru on my previous threats in past years of printing 3$ Larry Bills that are good for one coffee like product available at center camp.

i figure i'll print up about 10,000 and just leave them in attache cases around the playa.


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Postby dadara » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:07 pm

ethersnow wrote:Hey! your currency art is beautiful! I wonder if taking some of your imagery and live projection mapping it to physical objects in a quasi feedback loop that links both the value, pleasure and observed worth of an object with its projected image worth. Could be fun.


Video mapping sounds very interesting and could reveal in a symbolic, visual way on the outside the ideas that are behind the pool hidden inside that same building.

I don't know that much about video mapping but am eager to learn more!

Simon of the Playa wrote:now Dadara, i dont want to print any Fiat Money that wont be ACCEPTED hence i've decided to follow thru on my previous threats in past years of printing 3$ Larry Bills that are good for one coffee like product available at center camp.

i figure i'll print up about 10,000 and just leave them in attache cases around the playa.

what happens next is out of my hands.

As an artist I guess I have been living too long outside of the 'real' financial world, but this project is teaching me a lot about how that same money world works and the many alternatives that are starting to spread to look differently at the way money can be used.

Durgy, our CEO of legal, just emailed me explaining me the concept of Fiat money and is planning on writing a post on the Art as Money blog linking Fiat money to this currency.

He, by the way, also was in charge of the legal terms and conditions of the Exchanghibition Bank ( and at BM is in charge of the Black Rock Beacon )
http://exchanghibitionbank.com/terms-and-conditions/

BTW: I am wondering what the exchange rate of my Zero bill versus your 3$ Larry Bill will turn out to be................
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:47 pm

actually, Dadara, you can have half of whatever i got.


it's my new business model :wink:
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Postby xaramonkey » Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:52 pm

Dadara, Yes, I can imagine for 3 reasons. The picture of the suitcase of bills made me double-take even tho' I knew they weren't "real" bills. I'm sure the plastic bag would be seen as contraband by any law enforcement officer anywhere just because its a bag in suitcase full of money. I bet they were, at first, real proud of themselves for finding it too.

I used to live in Southern California and spent alot of time in Mexico, so I've dealt with my share of Customs agents and Border Patrol. One late nite coming back north across the border after being in Mexico for 2 months (red flag #1) in a loaded van (red flag #2) I got directed into secondary inspection. When the Customs Agent opened the back doors and saw a PILE of black plastic bags(red flag #3). He knew he had me. I had kilos and kilos...of trash that I would always bring back to the States with me instead of burning it like they do in Mexico. The agent pulled out each bag and opened it to find nothing but trash until he got to the bottom bag which was smaller packed full and tied really tight. His eyes LIGHT UP and he made me "Shut off the engine and step out of the vehicle." I don't know how much you know about Mexican plumbing,but the sewage pipes are real small so you're not supposed to flush your toilet paper. You wipe and throw it in the trash. I got around to the back of the truck just as the Customs guy was realizing that he wasn't making
The Bust Of The Century but was actually just double-elbow-deep in a 2 month supply of shitty T.P. HAAA!! So much for Search And Seizure,
heh Inspector ???

Also, a friend of mine was printing Mesa Moolah a few years ago. Just a bunch of hand drawn photo copied b/w coupons that were based on a $10 work hour. Anybody that had skills or services they were willing to trade for $10/hr. could sign up, list what they were offering, what they wanted
and get one Mesa Moolah bill for attending each weekly meeting. The bills were worthless and basically just proof to the other members of the group that you were willing to barter services for $10/hr. Well, after a couple months 2 FBI Agents showed up at his door threatening to throw him in prison for couterfeiting !! because the Moolah was based on an exchange rate of 10 to 1 vs. US dollars. Total BS but he still "broke the mold". Ridiculous, but true.

PS-I haven't even looked at your project page yet. The $20 I offered just seemed like what your bills would be "worth". Careful with that 20/0 USD ratio!
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