Buenos Aires

“Vino Ramona”

Galería Alberto Sendrós

The Fundación START (Society of Technology and Art) describes itself as “a project to create an imaginary society of artists and scientists.” Linking a vast web of people from all disciplines, its emphasis is on creating an autonomous forum in which artists, intellectuals, and technology experts can interact, without the need of legitimization from outside institutions. Among its activities are experimental art events, trends research, training in new technologies, and an underground art review. Prescient in its apprehension of Argentina’s 2001 economic collapse and the ensuing crisis, in the wake of which barter clubs sprung up spontaneously around the country, the foundation established its own medium of exchange as early as 1991. To belong you must offer something—computer classes, dog walking, legal counsel—for which you are paid in the group’s own currency, the venus, allowing you to

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