The Politics of the Cyphersphere workshop will trace the roots of crypto-movements in technological activism and artistic interventions to outline motivations and positions from a historical as well as technological perspective. The first cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) and more importantly the ‘blockchain’ are unarguably key inventions of the 21st century and this workshop will discuss possible pitfalls and current discourses around future applications of the blockchain from a socio-political dimension.
The less popular and more vernacular blockchain experiments will be discussed with a call for an open and interdisciplinary discourse in the cryptosphere in order to foster an informed and critical artistic financial literacy that can help develop the society of tomorrow. Workshop participants will be asked to contribute to a working manifesto that cuts through the blockchain hype and commits to a working creative strategy that harnesses the potential for distributed ledger technologies. This collaborative workshop contributes towards the Cryptolab Festival in May 2017 that will showcase a diverse range of interdisciplinary projects that explore the art, cryptography and technology.