RYBN walk us through the Offshore Tour Operator to explore local traces of the transnational and liquid financial industry, and introduce classic tax avoidance schemes the Double Irish, Singapore Sling, Bermuda Black hole and Dutch Sandwich. Offshore Tour Operator directs the user through addresses from the ICIJ Offshore Leaks database to discover & map the local premises of businesses listed in the Offshore Leaks, Bahamas Leaks, Panama Papers, and Paradise Papers.
A situationist GPS prototype for psychogeographic drift encouraging you to create concrete visual representation of the opaque and offshore, thus reshaping the imaginary around tax havens. Photographs of buildings listed at each address capture the offshore economies in the local landscape, architecture and environments.
Tax Haven Tourism + Algorithmic Investment + Psychogeography + Art as Financial Optimiser + #DNL15
Financial optimisation through art, it turns out only works for dead, (mostly) white & male artists, and collectors who can afford to stash excess cash in anonymous shell companies and complex trusts to hide their money through the acquisition of art. It doesn't work so well for living artists, who apparently can't transform themselves into tax havens to help offset billionaires income. I, like most artists could help you write off millions through conceptual art, feel free to call anytime!
ALGOFFSHORE TAX OPTIMIZER THROUGH ART is a system that generates tax optimization schemes, using art as a speculative vehicle. Taking advantage of every possible offshoring strategy to compute a personalised solution for any interested art collector, the user can customise the optimisation scheme with personalised parameters and dedicated algorithms.
Extra-disciplinary Artistic Research Platform, FR
RYBN.ORG is a Paris-based collective founded in 1999. The collective follows an extra-disciplinary investigation methodology on the functioning of complex and esoteric phenomena and systems - high frequency markets structure, algorithmic trading strategies, offshore banking networks, kabbalah hermeneutics, digital labor and human computers, computer viruses, etc. Their works have been presented in many art centers and festivals internationally.
Explore Psychogeographies of the Financial Imaginary uncovering tax havens hidden in plain sight through counter-financial dérive.
RYBN Offshore Tour Operator
Offshore Tour Operator is a situationist GPS prototype, orientated toward a computer assisted psychogeographic drift, that dictates the walk of the user through the ICIJ Offshore Leaks database addresses - including the Offshore Leaks, the Bahamas Leaks, the Panama Papers, the Paradise Papers. The prototype exists in two versions : a DIY open hardware version, using a raspberry pi 0 coupled to a GPS, and an android app.
RYBN Resources: academic papers on tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax havens and fiscal optimisation
Offshore Tour Operator, Art as Financial Optimiser Neural.it
Art, Capital of the 21st Century
Offshore Tour Operator on We Make Money Not Art
Image credits: RYBN & LISTE BASEL
Offshore Tour Operator / Algoffshore - The Great Offshore, RYBN.ORG / Exhibition HeK at LISTE Art Fair Basel, 2018, curated by Boris Magrini - courtesy of Ivana Krešič.
THE GREAT OFFSHORE
RYBN.ORG (Extra-disciplinary Artistic Research Platform, FR) Moderated by Ela Kagel (Digital Strategist and Founder of SUPERMARKT Berlin, DE) RYBN presents the “The Great Offshore” project, an artistic investigation conducted in several tax havens.
The Great Offshore addresses the question of representation of offshore finance: due to its opaque nature and the secrecy that surrounds it, it is impossible to picture. The symbolic representations that are usually in use are, as many invitations to evasion, filled by colonial images of exotic islands, of palm trees beaches and gold