WORDCOIN proposes the implementation of a new currency that gives literal value to one’s speech. With the creation of ‘The Bank for Argumentation’, visitors become customers and have the opportunity to deposit their arguments in an institution in order to save, invest and trade their words, giving the deserved and objective exposure to their ideas.

The project WORDCOIN was first created in the exhibition space of the Cultural Department of the City of Munich. ‘The Bank for Argumentation’ was divided in three disctinct parts: a promotional area with videos; a lounge area with inflatable couches and free water; and an office area with furniture from the Kulturreferat, which served as display for banknotes, coins, credit cards and contracts of WORDCOIN. The performance began with Nina Simone’s “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free” and was followed by a presentation of the bank’s concept with its odd currency, reflecting on the value, circulation and commodification of words and speech.

The project WORDCOIN was presented at CASA-ANIMAL (by Musa Paradisiaca) in Lisbon as part of the program of BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts. The video-performance was screened at the ‘Transmission Video Art Festival’ in Kassel (part of the program of Documenta 14) and at FUSO – Anual de Vídeo Arte Internacional de Lisboa, at MAAT Lisbon. It was also shown in the exhibition ‘Geltung [validity]: perception of a natural right’ at GENERATORprojects as part of the NEoN Festival program in Dundee, Scotland. WORDCOIN was distinguished with the ‘Social Art Award’ by The Institute For Art And Innovation, Berlin.