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Onomatopee and Serge Onnen present: Book launch ‘The Lost Cent’
Rozenstraat 59
1016 NN Amsterdam
Netherlands


January 10th, 2013 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
 
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A drawn & drilled graphic novel about the smallest monetary currency

Program:

5:30 p.m.: Doors open

6:00 p.m.: Talking cents

with Hans van Houwelingen (collector of coins), Olav Velthuis (Sociologist and Anthropologist of the University of Amsterdam) and Serge Onnen

Followed by: Hobo nickel sounds by Arie Altena (banjo)

On the project

Everything of value is defenseless [Lucebert (1924—1994), Dutch artist & poet]. But what if a defenseless being is worthless? Like a cent. With less face value then its production cost, it could be the perfect object to raise questions about value. A valueless being; number 1, but a loser. It becomes problematic and unwanted. A homeless coin. A void that is not missed.

Famous around the world, it came back in many European countries with the introduction of the euro but failed dramatically. The cent?is the least popular coin in any monetary world. It is alien in many countries. This valueless being circulates with difficulty. Picking up a cent from the pavement is not something you are supposed to do. Tipping someone a cent is an insult. Gambling with a cent is a joke. It plays the same game by different rules. Avoided like a virus, the cent is the interface to worthlessness. Its economic worthlessness liberates it from responsibility. Nobody cares about a cent.

Like all our measures, currency is another convention we all depend on to run our world. A kilo is a kilo; an hour is an hour and a meter a meter. But while moving from place to place these realities lose meaning, volume and of course value. While currency is the fastest and most mobile of all man made conventions it’s value and meaning is always unstable and thus in jeopardy. Banks are like filters pretending to control this. Filters exist in many forms. Filters hold small things or let them through: Coffee filters hold back coffee grounds, walls filter sound, security cameras filter suspicious elements, human bodies filter air, liquids and food, hospitals filter diseases and banks filter money. Hygiene and precision are crucial during these processes and measurements. Control of measurements is essential. The last cent embodies a valuable process of filtering, measuring, distillation and fermentation. As the cent circulates between different monetary systems; from cash registers to wallets, to pockets, to the side of a couch cushion or some other dark and dusty spot; the cent gets lost and always goes down.

Credits:

Drawings: Serge Onnen (ink on paper, 25,7 x 35,7 cm, 2009 — 2012)

Editors: Freek Lomme, Serge Onnen

Project management: Freek Lomme

Texts: Olav Velthuis, Serge Onnen, Charles Baudelaire

Dutch translation: Hans van Pinxteren

English corrections: Guy Edmonds & Marcy Saude

Graphic design: Arthur Roeloffzen

Printing: Lecturis

Edition: 750

Thanks to: Mondriaan Fund, Pieter Sanders, Thomas Buxó, Klaas Kuitenbrouwer & Bert Hendriks


Onomatopee en Serge Onnen presenteren: 'The Lost Cent'
in de toekomst - 10/01/2013 Donderdag 10 januari
Vanaf 17:30
Toegang gratis, reserveren via: mail@smba.nl

Een getekende en geboorde graphic novel over het kleinst geldige betaalmiddel

Programma:

17:30u: Deuren open

18:00u: Talking cent, met Hans van Houwelingen (verzamelaar van munten), Olav Velthuis (socioloog en antropoloog aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam) en Serge Onnen

Gevolgd door: Hobo nikkel sound door Arie Altena (banjo)


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