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Radical Friends: DAO Summit for decentralisation of power & resources in the artworld

Text by CLOT Magazine

A new summit discussing the value of and pathways to peer-produced decentralised digital infrastructures for art, culture and society is taking place on January 22nd.

Radical Friends, will be exploring the decentralisation of power and resources in the art world enabled by blockchain technologies bringing together ground-breaking players from the cultural sector and decentralised peer-to-peer technologists. The summit will also explore how traditional organisational patterns can be transformed through decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) enabled by blockchain technology.

Radical Friends will present results from the DAOWO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations with Others) project, co-founded by the Goethe-Institut London and Furtherfield. DAOWO is a transnational collaborative network that has been bringing together leading international institutions and communities from the arts and technology for three years to question the advantages and disadvantages of blockchain technologies for art, culture and society from a local perspective.

Curated by Penny Rafferty (Black Swan DAO) and Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) with Sarah Johanna Theurer (Haus der Kunst), the event brings together groundbreaking players from the cultural sector, artists, technologists, thinkers and practitioners to discuss the value of DAOs (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) for art, culture and society.

The 8-hour program includes lectures, panel discussions and concerts as well as hybrid talk and body-work formats. Throughout the event, the participants are invited to discuss, analyse, and map the obstacles, opportunities, and implications of progressive, decentralised organisations and automation in the art world. Lightning talks by Kei Kreutler, and Rhea Myers and more offer space for dialogue.

Participants include James Whipple (eea; M.E.S.H.), OMSK Social Club, Jaya Klara Brekke, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Cem Dagdelen, Aude Launay, Sarah Friend, Laura Lotti and Calum Bowden (Black Swan), Bhavisha Panchia and Carly Whitaker (Covalence Studios), Nicolay Spesivtsev and Dzina Zhuk (eeefff) and Massimiliano Mollona (Ensembl).

The summit is part of the Goethe-Institut project “Lockdown Lessons”. It searches for answers on what can be learned from the Covid-19 crisis on a global scale concerning social, technological, postcolonial and civil society concerns.

Free online registration following this link.

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