Åzone Futures Market
The Åzone Futures Market presents a web-based simulated stock market that explores the potential effects of a world increasingly shaped by emerging technologies.
Åzone Terminal, a physical installation featuring interactive visualizations of the marketplace, was open to the public October 23–December 31, 2015 at 181 Front Street in the Seaport Culture District. Åzone Terminal was presented in collaboration with the Center for Architecture.
Experimental in spirit and design, Åzone Futures Market invites audiences to learn about and take a position on technology-enabled futures that until recently were confined to prototypes or science fiction. As market participants, visitors receive 10,000 cåin (Å), the Åzone currency, to invest in futures conditioned by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, commercialized space travel, and genetic manipulation. Dynamic pricing based on supply and demand, crowd-sourced news feeds, and visual trend analyses provide users with the real-time information needed to make investment decisions.
Åzone Futures Market and Åzone Terminal are organized by Troy Conrad Therrien, Curator, Architecture and Digital Initiatives, with Ashley Mendelsohn, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.