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HIDDEN FLOW CURRENCY EXCHANGE SHOP
A project by Swop Projects.

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The 'Hidden Flow' project is based on the implications on the term 'ecological back-
pack', which was coined by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environmelected
Material Intensity - raw material, fuel and transport services that has been taken
into use when the material/product was produced. 

The 'Hidden Flow' currency
We have invented a currency, called the 'hidden flow' currency. It is based on the
notion of the 'ecological backpack'. At our space at Roarsvej and occasionally at
other spaces, we run a shop in which the currency is viable. The shop visitors are
requested to bring commodities which can be exchanged for the 'hidden flow'
currency.

An example 
If someone hands in a t-shirt, weight 0,23 kilo, they will receive a 1544 kilo 'Hidden
Flow' bill equivalent to the total amount of raw material, water and air that has
gone through the system when the cotton T-shirt was produced.

The Name - a contradiction
Because the material intensity is not to be found in the final product, and never
was introduced in the economic sphere, economists describe the ecological back-
pack as hidden flows. We named the currency system “hidden flow” to point out
the contradiction within the term. In contrasts to the economists, the people who
are living where most of the world's raw materials are extracted and goods are 
produced do not perceive the flow of production as hidden. On the contrary it often
has a devastating impact on the environment and for the people living and working
in the production areas.




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REPRESENTED AT:

'Kunsten i Bevægelse'
September 2012. 
Denmark
At this occasion The Hidden Flow Shop was established in 3 different villages in
west Denmark

Sparwasser HQ,
August 2004.
Berlin

HEAVEN, Stockholm
August 2004.
Swop Projects visited HEAVEN, a process room for art, located in a former garage
at Hornstullstrand in Stockholm.

Roarsvej 6, Cph.
Ongoing
2003-2005


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