(Market and Mouse)
How can we make mice live by the rules of investment banking?
To improve the understanding of the dynamics of finance markets the "Market and Mouse"-System tries to simulate a part of the fiscal universe. The main analysis focuses on the aspect of investment banking. This is the field with the biggest possible profit. "Market and Mouse" investigates how operators decide if they have to choose between high risk but high value options and less lucrative possibilities. Another part of the research are the consequences for the other market participants. In "Market and Mouse" these are institutional investors and private investors.
In most cases system analysis works with specially designed software. All system protagonists are replaced by variables and routines, which run in a predetermined manner and simulate specific situations. The dynamic parameters are determined in the beginning, before the computer starts calculating. Anomalies are only possible in the spectrum of the software. The protagonists cannot behave in any manner outside of that which the preset parameters allow.
The "Market and Mouse" system replaces the digital agents by mice. All system participants are represented by groups of mice, which contain different numbers of animals. Let these rodents surprise us with their unpredictable behavior. Meanwhile we can investigate the dynamic in, and in between the different groups. Do the private investor mice behave differently from the bank mice? And if so, how?
The project was completed and exhibited during an artist-in-residence program at
Opekta Ateliers Köln.
"Market and Mouse" won the "PREIS DER MEDIENKUNST/MEDIENGESTALTUNG 2014“. The price is awarded by the Bauhaus-University Weimar.