Artists are playing a central role in shaping our understanding of emerging blockchain technologies, and continue to propose exciting visions for how decentralized computation could challenge current social and political power structures. Already, there are a few experimental blockchain projects that question our core assumptions about ownership, authorship, reproducibility, and authenticity. This panel introduces artistic perspectives on distributed ledger technologies, and brings them into critical dialogue with the emerging blockchain economies. From platform distribution models and new types of digital art markets to hyper-real click-mine farms and self-owning artworks, what can we learn about emerging blockchain technologies from critical artistic practice?
Moderated by artist and curator Ruth Catlow, with artist Marija Bozinovska Jones, art advisor Jérôme Croisier, researcher and curator Rachel O’ Dwyer and artist/software engineer Sarah Friend.
Recorded at Somerset House in London on 20th January 2018
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