Speculative Design, 2012

What happens when architecture becomes purely a vehicle for the creation of capital?

GOM is a new type of city built by the protocols of the market, which ignores use value, and instead converts symbolic value to exchange value.

People question where it is and if it exists at all, but everyone is forced to acknowledge the trillions in it has created, and the wealth that GOM traders have amassed by building speculatively; buying and selling space in the city as commodity to be profited from, rather than a poly-nucleated network of local communities for humanity to live in.

GOM is sited in a context between the fiction of money, architecture's perceived value within society through the mediated image, the birth of cryptocurrency, and the Naughties.

GOM Trading Interface

Live agent-based Processing script within 2D Trading Interface;
Representation of emergent 3D “city” built by hyper capitalist market logic

Film Stills

Exploring the everyday lives of citizens under the GOM regime, the lives of the GOM traders, the philosophical underpinnings of the ficiton of money (Graeber) and the nature of the gift (Mauss) and the physical instatiations of a “virtual” market-as-city.

GOM Screen/Audio Tests


1929 Edition

GOM Worm’s Eye View
(Charli XCX edit)