In this event, we launch and present ‘MoneyLab Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype’ and ‘Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain’. Both publications explore alternative imaginaries for future finance and a crypto-infused world. The editors of both publications will engage in a discussion on the uses of the blockchain beyond profit-based narratives, the opportunities of bottom-up financial strategies, and the role of art.
MoneyLab Reader 2: Overcoming the Hype considers digital coops, internet-based payment and network-based revenue models as spaces of political and aesthetic imagination. Here, the network delves into topics like the financialization of art; love as a binary proposition on the blockchain; the cashless society; financial surveillance of the poor; the cooperative answer to Airbnb and Uber.
Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain (publication edited by Torque and Furtherfield) proposes alternative imaginaries from an artistic point of view. The blockchain has profound implications as a means of organising and distributing material, and a new subject and medium for artistic exploration. This publication features a diverse array of artists and researchers that unpack, critique and mark the arrival of it on the cultural landscape.
Inte Gloerich is researcher and project coordinator at the Institute of Network Cultures. She holds an MA in New Media and Digital Culture from the UvA, and has participated in research projects on the politics of digital technology, digital economy, and online identity.
Nathan Jones is a new media practitioner. He is founder of Mercy, a media performance and literature agency, and Torque, a publisher examining issues of mind, language, and technology. Nathan is PhD candidate at Royal Holloway and lecturer in Fine Art (Digital Media) at University of Lancaster.
Geert Lovink is a Dutch media theorist, internet critic and author of Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Networks Without a Cause (2012) and Social Media Abyss (2016). In 2004 he founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Sam Skinner is an independent artist, researcher and curator. Recent projects include: co-curation of The New Observatory at FACT, Liverpool in collaboration with the Open Data Institute; Research Associate at Kingston School of Art; co-director of Torque Editions, and co-editor of the New Materialism Almanac.
Patricia de Vries works as a PhD researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam and as a lecturer and researcher at the Institute of Network Cultures in Amsterdam. She reads an writes about algorithmic anxiety in the arts. More about her can be found at networkcultures.org/contesting-capture-technology.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.