The Human Face of Cryptoeconomies steps beyond dry, incomprehensible analysis of finance structures and data control to present artworks that reveal how we might produce, exchange and value things differently together in the age of the blockchain.
Cornelia Sollfrank will present her latest film Giving What You Don't Have at the Furtherfield Gallery. It features interviews with individuals Kenneth Goldsmith, Marcell Mars, Sean Dockray, Dmitry Kleiner, discussing with Sollfrank their projects and ideas on peer-to-peer production and distribution as art practice. After the film viewing there will be a discussion led by Cornelia Sollfrank, Joss Hands & Rachel Baker.
Rob Myers reviews Alessandro Ludovico's book 'Post-Digital Print– The Mutation of Publishing Since 1894'. It tracks the many deaths of print media and its long history of surviving against the odds in order to show how it can survive the Internet as a vital part of our shared culture. Ludovico is the editor and publisher of Neural, a magazine for critical digital culture and media arts.
Ruth Catlow and Michael Szpakowski write here as teachers in the Art and Design degrees at Writtle School of Design. They speak passionately about the role of drawing in what it is to be human. There is, they say, "no known human culture that has not made representational and other marks with something, on something, for both fun and survival". They assert the value of drawing studies and advocate a model for education based on peer-learning where teachers and students engage side by side in a process of exchange.
This is a collection of artworks, texts and resources about freedom and openness in the arts, in the age of the Internet. Freedom to collaborate – to use, modify and redistribute ideas, artworks, experiences, media and tools. Openness to the ideas and contributions of others, and new ways of organising and making decisions together.
Lawrence Bird interviews Michel Bauwens, one of the foremost thinkers on the peer-to-peer phenomenon. Belgian-born and currently resident in Chiang-Mai, Thailand, he is founder of the Foundation for P2P Alternatives.
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