An ongoing art and research project on Yugoslav hyperinflation of 1993/94, focusing on the design of the banknotes' geometric lathes and their evolution. How can we render and make visible the silently encoded cultural footprint left within the banknotes' design? The decline of Ancient Roman culture became widely accessible by tracking and studying the quality of their coins' design and manufacturing, over a period of time. Unintentionally, those coins became a "hard disk", storing cultural (meta)data on a small piece of time-resistant metal, waiting for upcoming civilizations to read and analyze it. The designs of banknotes and coins are never random - they encrypt a cultural state of mind, its psychology, and economy, combined into a singular semiotics of (sometimes quickly depreciating) value.
As an introduction to this project, here is a video-essay on the theme of this research. By traversing banknote design, science and personal memories, we enter an irrational journey of one of the worst hyperinflation in human history. The work in progress also gathers drawings based on geometric lathes of the Yugoslav dinar of 1992/93/94, while their logic, patterns and form are deconstructed, showing their disintegrating value and physical "falling apart".
[Drawings - download PDF]