On Saturday, 28 April 2018, at 3:30pm, NeMe invites you to both a lecture and workshop by Ruth Catlow & Marc Garrett titled DIWO – Artists Organise (on the blockchain).
This lecture, followed by the workshop, is organised under the State Machines framework and brings a critical lens to blockchain technologies and cultures, informed by DIWO and decentralised artistic practices. It will address contemporary debates on the affordances of blockchain technologies, in relation to sustainability, alternative economies, and terms of engagement specifically as they relate to culture.
Workshop: Artists Organise (on the blockchain)
In this hands on workshop we test a paper-based prototype blockchain arts platform in order to explore how blockchain technologies might foster new economies for critical & socially engaged arts across local communities and international networks of practice.
Due to space limitations a maximum of 25 participants will be accepted.
Those interested should contact NeMe on 25372675 to reserve a place by 23 April 2018.
Venue: NeMe Arts Centre, Corner of Ellados and Enoseos streets, 3041 Limassol, Cyprus.
Lecture and discussion: 3:30-4:45pm
Break with snacks and drinks: 4:45-5:15pm
Participation is free. Please be prompt.
Furtherfield, a platform and community for critical practices in arts and technology, coined the term DIWO (Do It With Others) in 2006. DIWO is a manifestation of grounded explorations and collaborations between networked peers; an open mixing of components from different sources, that build new hybrid art experiences. This approach renegotiates the power roles between artists and curators, audiences and participants to reform artworlds. Since 2015 Furtherfield has brought DIWO approaches to critical engagement with the blockchain, smart contracts and cryptocurrencies.
“The blockchain is 10 years old and is surrounded with a hype hardly seen since the arrival of the Web. We’d like to see more variety in the imaginaries that underpin blockchains and the backgrounds of the people involved, because technologies develop to reflect the values, outlooks and interests of those that build them, and affect the lives of us all”… “ Bitcoin was the first digital (or crypto) currency created and secured using cryptography, across a decentralised network of users. Cryptocurrencies (there are now many of them) delegate trust and responsibility for global money flows to the users of cryptographically secured networks of computers, removing (so the rhetoric goes) the need for intermediaries and potentially corruptible human institutions from global finance. With the introduction of a new programming layer to blockchains and a proposal for planetary scale computer in 2013 by Ethereum, this decentralisation extended to the delegation of global governance. These can be combined to perform as blockchain-based companies called Distributed Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) and there are a plethora of blockchain implementations and political agendas now developing. How these unfurl will affect our ability to relate to each other, to deliberate, decide and cooperate with each other as individuals, organisations and societies.” Furtherfield Spring Editorial 2018 | Blockchain Imaginaries.
The workshop builds on the DAOWO blockchain laboratory and debate series for reinventing the arts which looks at how to encode DIWO ethos and practices in blockchains.
About Marc Garrett and Ruth Catlow
Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett are both artists, theorists and curators working with emancipatory network cultures, practices and poetics. They are co-directors of Furtherfield which they co-founded in 1996, an artist led organisation for labs, debates and exhibitions around critical questions in arts, technology and society. They are co-editors of Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain (2017) and co-curators of the Art Data Money programme.
Furtherfield connects people to new ideas, critical thinking and imaginative possibilities for art, technology and the world around us. Through artworks, labs and debate people from all walks of life explore today’s important questions. Furtherfield’s Gallery and Lab are located in the middle of London’s Finsbury Park. Adventurous digital arts experiences radiate from these venues, transforming the urban park into a platform where people can explore how they want live in our globally connected world. From this base and through a range of online channels Furtherfield diversifies the people involved in shaping emerging technologies through an arts-led approach finding new ways for artists, technologists and academics to work together, share possibilities and imagine wider artistic, social and economic possibilities.
State Machines: Art, Work and Identity in an Age of Planetary-Scale Computation
Focusing on how such technologies impact identity and citizenship, digital labour and finance, the project joins five experienced partners Aksioma (SI), Drugo More (HR), Furtherfield (UK), Institute of Network Cultures (NL), and NeMe (CY) together with a range of artists, curators, theorists and audiences. State Machines insists on the need for new forms of expression and new artistic practices to address the most urgent questions of our time, and seeks to educate and empower the digital subjects of today to become active, engaged, and effective digital citizens of tomorrow.
This project has been funded with the 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.