Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain

Edited by Ruth Catlow, Marc Garrett, Nathan Jones, and Sam Skinner

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ISBN: 9780993248740

Publication: September 11, 2017

Series: FACT

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The blockchain is widely heralded as the new internet - another dimension in an ever-faster, ever-more-powerful interlocking of ideas, actions and values. Principally the blockchain is a ledger distributed across a large array of machines that enables digital ownership and exchange without a central administering body. Within the arts it has profound implications as both a means of organising and distributing material, and as a new subject and medium for artistic exploration. This landmark publication brings together a diverse array of artists and researchers engaged with the blockchain, unpacking, critiquing and marking the arrival of it on the cultural landscape for a broad readership across the arts and humanities.

Contributors: César Escudero Andaluz, Jaya Klara Brekke, Theodoros Chiotis, Ami Clarke, Simon Denny, The Design Informatics Research Centre (Edinburgh), Max Dovey, Mat Dryhurst, Primavera De Filippi, Peter Gomes, Elias Haase, Juhee Hahm, Max Hampshire, Kimberley ter Heerdt, Holly Herndon, Helen Kaplinsky, Paul Kolling, Elli Kuruş, Nikki Loef, Bjørn Magnhildøen, Rob Myers, Martín Nadal, Rachel O’Dwyer, Edward Picot, Paul Seidler, Hito Steyerl, Surfatial, Lina Theodorou, Pablo Velasco, Ben Vickers, Mark Waugh, Cecilia Wee, and Martin Zeilinger.

Marc Garrett is an internet artist, writer and curator. He is co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield/HTTP Gallery, London, and is one of Furtherfield’s principal researchers into net art and cultural context on the internet.

Nathan Jones is a poet, curator. Currently: Reid cross-disciplinary PhD scholar in Literature and Media at Royal Holloway University of London; associate Lecturer Fine Art Liverpool John Moores; and co-director of Torque Editions a hybrid publishing project and research platform.

Ruth Catlow is a net artist, and co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield. She is involved in research into net art and cultural context on the internet and co-curates featured works on and HTTP Gallery, London.

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; and co-director of Torque Editions.

Preface Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner Introduction Ruth Catlow Documentation FinBook: Literary content as digital commodity Rory Gianni⍏, Hadi Merpouya*, Dave Murray-Rust⍏, Bettina Nissen⍏, Shaune Oosthuizen⍏, Chris Speed⍏, Kate Symons** Text as Market Ami Clarke Plantoid Primavera De Filippi Terra0 Paul Seidler, Paul Kolling, and Max Hampshire Critical mining: blockchain and bitcoin in contemporary art Martín Nadal & César Escudero Andaluz The Blockchain: Change everything forever Peter Gomes Satoshi Oath Jaya Klara Brekke and Elias Haase 01.01.20 Kimberley ter Heerdt & Nikki Loef Role Play Your Way to Budgetary Blockchain Bliss Pablo Velasco A Shared Timeline PWR Studio Gamer Case Images Simon Denny Fictions Flying Under A Neutral Flag Cecilia Wee History of Political Operating Systems > Interview with Dr. L. Godord Elli Kuruş All That Happened Surfatial Bad Shibe Rob Myers and Lina Theodorou Defixio Nervorum Theodoros Chiotis How to Surf Juhee Hahm Theory If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms Hito Steyerl HAUNTED BY CYBERNETICS / IMMUTABILITY MANTRA Ben Vickers Blockchain Poetics Rob Myers Love on the Block Max Dovey Collections management on the blockchain: A return to the principles of the museum Helen Kaplinsky Artists Rights in the Era of the Distributed Ledger Mark Waugh Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Blockchain* (*But Were Afraid to Ask Mel Ramsden) Martin Zeilinger Does digital culture want to be free? How blockchains are transforming the economy of cultural goods Rachel O’Dwyer Aphantasia - blockchain as medium for art Bjørn Magnhildøen, Noemata Interview with Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst Marc Garrett

With a diverse list of writers per issue, it is divided into three sections: Documents, Fictions and Theories, respectively hosting explanative, narrative and speculative texts. Among the contributors to the latter, Hito Steyerl elaborates on art as an alternative currency itself, while Rachel O’Dwyer outlines a systematic analysis of upcoming system structures based on blockchain, and Rob Myers points out the strategic importance and then use of trust and ‘network consensus’. Beyond them a significant number of contributors have been involved and altogether they have produced a remarkable work.
Aurelio Cianciotta, Neural


Format: Paperback

Size: 230 × 135 mm

344 Pages

7 B&W photo/halftones and 79 colour illustrations

ISBN: 9780993248740

Publication: September 11, 2017

Series: FACT

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