MoneyLab #12 Wellington (NZ): Viral Tokenization

When: June 4, 2021 -
June 5, 2021

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Date(s) - 04/06/2021 - 05/06/2021
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Wellington (NZ) & online, June 4/5, 2021

Special event website: http://moneylab-wellington.nz/

Saturday 5 June conference programme:

9:30am-10am – Welcome (mingling/networking)

10am-10:30am – MoneyLab #12 intros with Geert Lovink & Denise Thwaites

10:30am-12pm – Non-Fungible Token-isms; moderated by Walter Langelaar

12pm-1pm – lunch

1pm-2:30pm – The Token-conditional Social; moderated by Jennifer Ferreira

2:30-4pm – Māori/Indigenous Self-Sovereign Identity, and other protocol; moderated by Songyi Lee

4pm-4:30 – discussion

4:30pm-5pm – coffee break

5pm-6:30pm – Community call-in session, lightning talks and short interventions

6:30pm-7:30pm – Closing (mingling/networking)

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MoneyLab #12 Wellington: Viral Tokenization

panel descriptions:

Non-Fungible Token-isms.

After much hype and the global ‘tokenize everything’ attitudes of recent months, what’s left to discuss concerning NFTs?

Moving on from common misconceptions regarding electricity usage and rampant tech bro portrayals of a ‘future artworld’, this panel seeks to further examine practical use-cases from ‘crypto art’ aesthetics and culture, and its underlying set of technologies that is now driving ever more platform-capitalist centralisation as well as a thriving new ‘creative’ underground with a Web3 fetish.

What affordances do the technologies under discussion provide when concepts such as ‘proxy contracts’, ‘liquidity pool mining’ and ‘bonding curve sale’ mechanisms enter the vocabulary and (NFT-)toolkits of artistic practice, and to what end do such concepts sustainably manifest themselves in an aesthetic preoccupied with financialization and networked performance metrics?

A panel with Eric Barry Drasin, Fabio Morreale, and Alex Smith, moderated by Walter Langelaar.

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The Token-conditional Social.

Communities have always experimented with new forms of exchange, such as issuing their own currencies outside of governments and banks, to take ownership of and strive for environmental, ethical, economic, and social outcomes that are meaningful to them.

Today we are seeing increasing momentum behind Web3 (or decentralised web), bringing grassroots community organising into direct contact with blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and digital tokens.

As a result, initiatives such as timebanks, mutual credit networks, local currencies, and others are grappling with these technological possibilities and their impacts on value exchange, data governance, and community structures.

Against this evolving technological backdrop, there is a need to reevaluate and explore community-level meanings of governance, identity, permanence, trust, and fairness.

This panel brings together Helen Dew, Mark Pascall, Robert Kirkby, and Dmitriy Ageyev, moderated by Jennifer Ferreira.

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Māori/Indigenous Self-Sovereign Identity, and other protocol.

As our nearing post-COVID realities pose yet another critical turn and opportunity for national governments to propose/impose far reaching implementation of technical infrastructure, in order to facilitate ideas surrounding ‘vaccine passports’ and further tokenised identity management (such as SSI), we are increasingly confronted with narrow and decontextualised notions of ‘autonomy’ and ‘sovereignty’ originating from the (blockchain/DLT) startup/tech sector.

This panel brings together a group of researchers and practitioners working in the periphery of initiatives such as Te Mana Raraunga – Māori Data Sovereignty Network, and elaborates an indigenous world view on cultural engagement strategies through sociotechnical protocol and Tikanga Māori, to shares its practice across various projects for further knowledge transference and discussion.

The panel includes Kevin Shedlock, Kaye-Maree Dunn, and Steve Reeves, moderated by Songyi Lee.

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MONEYLAB COMMUNITY CALL-IN: Across the Timezones

MoneyLab #12 Wellington will have two moments in its programme for further, ad-hoc community engagement, and we invite you to come in and present your project or announce special events through one of these options: stage an intervention in the CryptoVoxels virtual space (parcel tba) on the Friday evening (4 June, 8pm GMT+12), or connect with the conference audience on the Saturday via Zoom or similar (5 June, 5pm GMT+12).

Showing up in-person is of course also an option 🙂

If interested, please contact Walter via walter.langelaar@vuw.ac.nz for more information.