The Sharing Economy: A Post-Mortem – A panel hosted by Bloomberg


“The Sharing Economy: A Port-Mortem” aims to understand and question the utopia promised by the ‘sharing economy’ – the system of peer-to-peer services that leverages technology to enable the distribution or reuse of goods and services – and its relevance to the art world. Examining the contemporary economic landscape for corporations, non profit organisations, governments and community ventures, the panel explores where the ‘sharing economy’ will lead us in the future; the political repercussions of open data ideals; and how the principles of collaborative consumption have been and may be deployed in the art economy.


Mercedes Bunz

Indy Johar

Helen Kaplinsky

Brett Scott

Moderated by Ben Vickers

Curated by Victoria Lupton and Ben Vickers



Mercedes Bunz is senior lecturer for digital media and journalism at the University of Westminster. She has been the technology reporter of The Guardian and the Editor in Chief of the Berlin based newspaper Der Tagesspiegel Online. She was the director of the Hybrid Publishing Lab, Leuphana University and has a PhD in Media Studies from Bauhaus University Weimar, and a Masters in Philosophy and Art History from the Free University Berlin. Her last book is The Silent Revolution: How Algorithms Changed Knowledge, Work, Journalism, and Politics Without Making Too Much Noise (Palgrave Macmillan 2014). @MrsBunz

Indy Johar is an architect and institutional innovator. He, on behalf of 00:/, has co-founded multiple social ventures from to the upcoming, whilst supporting 00:/ explorations/experiments including Indy was Director of the Impact Hub Association and is a Director of DataScienceLondon and an Advisor to the Earth Security Initiative. Indy in collaboration with the Young Foundation is co-founding a new Applied Research, Design and Prototyping Centre focused on the development of new 21st institutions and information architectures. @indy_johar

Helen Kaplin­sky is an in­de­pen­dent cu­ra­tor based in Lon­don. She has undertaken collections Fel­low­ship with the Con­tem­po­rary Art So­ci­ety and the Arts Council Collection. Cur­rently she is work­ing on #tem­po­rararycus­to­di­ans, an R&D pro­ject con­sid­er­ing how the shift to­wards a share econ­omy will trans­form our in­sti­tu­tional col­lec­tion and phil­an­thropy model. She is founding member of the curatorial committee at Res., a project space opening in Deptford. @HKaplinsky

Brett Scott is a journalist, campaigner and the author of The Heretic’s Guide to Global Finance: Hacking the Future of Money (Pluto Press: 2013). He works on financial reform, alternative finance and economic activism with a wide variety of NGOs, artists and students, and writes for publications such as The Guardian, New Scientist, Wired Magazine, Aeon and @suitpossum

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, technologist and luddite. Currently Curator of Digital at the Serpentine Galleries, is Co-Director of LIMAZULU Project Space, a Near Now Fellow and lead facilitator for the open-source development of unMonastery, a new civically minded social space prototyped in Matera, Southern Italy during 2014 and now set to replicate throughout Europe in 2015/16. @benvickers_

“The Sharing Economy: A Post-Mortem” is a panel supported by Bloomberg. We’d like to thank Bloomberg for their ongoing support for the How to work together programme.