Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain

BookArtists Re:thinking the Blockchain

Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain



September 11th, 2017





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.

César Escudero Andaluz, Jaya Klara Brekke, Theodoros Chiotis, Ami Clarke, Simon Denny, Mat Dryhurst, Max Dovey, Rachel O’Dwyer, Edward Picot, Primavera De Filippi, Rory Gianni, Peter Gomes, Elias Haase, Juhee Hahm, Kimberley ter Heerdt, Holly Herndon, Helen Kaplinsky, Elli Kuruş, Nikki Loef, Hadi Mehrpouya, Dave Murray-Rust, Rob Myers, Martín Nadal, Bettina Nissen, Noemata (Bjørn Magnhildøen), Shaune Oosthuizen


'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

Author Information

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. 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. 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.

Table of Contents

Section TitlePage
Preface Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner
Introduction Ruth Catlow
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
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
If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms Hito Steyerl
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