Flash

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  • Flash (double-sided A3 risograph print)
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    Double-sided risograph poster, black ink on 300gsm red matte stock. Produced for and distributed during the artist's live performance held on May 6, 2018 at the Design Museum in London.

    The poster collects research on the events preceding, surrounding and following the stock market crash of May 6, 2010. From the story of a home-trader triggering the fastest crash on US stock markets ever, through the tensions of a changing European political and economical landscape, to the commentary of financial speculators at the time of the drop.

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May 6, 2010. Against a backdrop of street protests and violent clashes in Athens, Greece, result of the approval of European-backed austerity measures and socio-economical policies aimed at preventing the country's default on loan payments, a Flash Crash (2.32—2.57PM) wipes a trillion dollars from US stock markets.
Half a decade later, a trader called Navinder Sarao is arrested in London, UK and extradited to be prosecuted in the US for causing the crash. He’s accused of inflating the financial markets and profiting from it, thus triggering a domino reaction, by trading with hacked software from his home WiFi connection and PC.

May 6, 2018. The artist collects wireless network data from the original location and in the same time-span of the trading activity that caused the Flash Crash eight years earlier. Alongside US Stock Market trading data for the day, this information is translated into sound and accompanied by the live commentary from the trading pits and the sound recordings from the riotous streets of Athens. A sonic battleground that echoes an unprecedented moment in history.

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released June 1, 2018

demystification.co/mmittee/flash

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Network Ensemble London, UK

crashcore sound project by the DEMYSTIFICATION COMMITTEE, using custom hardware and software to translate data from communication and financial networks into av signals

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