DAOWO Summit UK | Blockchain & Art Knowledge

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Blockchain & Art Knowledge

DAOWO (Distributed Autonomous Organisations With Others) Summit UK facilitates cross-sector engagement with leading researchers and key artworld actors to discuss the current state of play and opportunities available for working with blockchain technologies in the arts. Whilst bitcoin continues to be the overarching manifestation of blockchain technology in the public eye, artists and designers have been using the technology to explore new representations of social and cultural economies, and to redesign the art world as we see it representations of social, cultural and economic transactions.

Discussion will focus on potential impacts, technical affordances and opportunities for developing new blockchain technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.


1.00 Registration

1.30 Welcome and Scene Setting

State of the Arts: Blockchain's Impact in 2019 and Beyond | Ruth Catlow and Ben Vickers present a comprehensive overview of developments from critical artistic practices and emergent blockchain business models in the arts. DAOWO Arts and Blockchain pdf download (Catlow & Vickers 2019)

Followed by a discussion hosted by Clive Gillman

2.15 Coffee

2.30 Panel

Make / Do / Block | Panel discussion with 5 creative practitioners whose work allows us to experience the otherwise abstract technology of blockchain. Hosted by Prof Chris Speed and Mark Daniels with panellists:

  • Pip Thornton - The Value of Words in an Age of Linguistic Capitalism

  • Bettina Nissen & Ailie Rutherford - Designing feminist cryptocurrency for Govanhill

  • Evan Morgan - GeoPact

  • Jonathan Rankin - OxChain, Pizza Block

  • Larissa Pschetz - Karma Kettles

Although the term ‘blockchain’ has trickled downstream into the public domain, the principles behind the technology remain mysterious to many. Embodied within physical assemblages or social interventions that mine, hash and seal the evidence of human practices, creatives have provided important ‘coordinates’ in the form of artworks that help us to unpick the implications of the technology and the extent to which it re-configures power structures. This panel brings together a variety of creative practitioners who have made forays into designing and making artefacts and activities that allow us to experience the otherwise abstract technology of blockchain.

4.00 Coffee

4.15 Conversation

What Value Does The Blockchain Bring To Collecting Art? | Ruth Catlow in conversation with Marianne Magnin, Arteïa UK Managing Director.

4.45 Wrap up, takeaways and final discussion | Ben Vickers to lead into drinks

5.00 - 6.00 Drinks

Contributors include:

Ruth Catlow, Furtherfield and DECAL

Mark Daniels, New Media Scotland

Clive Gillman, Creative Scotland

Marianne Magnin, Arteïa

Prof Chris Speed, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Ben Vickers, Serpentine Galleries

Through two UK summits, the DAOWO programme is forging a transnational network of arts and blockchain cooperation between cross-sector stakeholders, ensuring new ecologies for the arts can emerge and thrive.

DAOWO Summit UK is a DECAL initiative - co-produced by Furtherfield and Serpentine Galleries in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut London. This event is realised in partnership with the Department of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh and New Media Scotland.

OxChain is a major EPSRC research project which explores how Blockchain technologies can be used to reshape value in the context of international development and the work of Oxfam, involving the Universities of Edinburgh, Northumbria and Lancaster.

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