Argentina-based composer Nicolás Varchausky explores an illusion we all agree to accept: the symbolic value of banknotes. Two money-counters face each other at banks of instruments; provided with the artist’s appearance fee in cash, the duo (including one local performer, Ceylan Hay) use specially adapted versions of the counting, scanning and verification instruments of their trade to generate an intense fusillade of sound. The cacophony at once brings alive the otherwise silent way in which money – especially digital currency – moves around our world, and suggests all the other ‘currencies’ that a banknote could possess beyond the monetary value printed on it.

Performed by: Nicolás Varchausky & Ceylan Hay

Costume design: KOSTÜME

Commissioned by: CCK Centro Cultural Kirchner as part of the collective Exhibition El Centro en Movimiento 2. Máquinas e imaginarios (The Moving Center 2. Machines and imaginaries), curated by Rodrigo Alonso, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Supported by: Programa de Investigación I+D Sistemas Temporales y Síntesis Espacial en el Arte Sonoro (Escuela Universitaria de Artes – Universidad Nacional de Quilmes)

Image: Fede Kaplun