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The Microwave Tower of the NYSE and the Physicality of Finance

High frequency trading is usually known for its ability to ultimately virtualize value but as sociologist Donald MacKenzie shows, these valuations are also a consequence of very real and non-abstract infrastructures. Looking at the cables and antennae that bring the networked data between different trading floors into correspondence, MacKenzie depicts the time-critical infrastructure of automated finance.

This presentation was given during the Datum investigation at The Technosphere, Now event at HKW, Berlin, October 2, 2015.