Tuesday 26 September / 6pm - 8pm / FACT / FREE, booking required
The blockchain is a cryptographically secured distributed ledger technology that underpins Bitcoin, but has a wide variety of potential applications.
Imagined as a future-artefact of a time before the blockchain changed the world, Artists Re:thinking The Blockchain acts as a gathering and focusing of contemporary ideas surrounding this still largely mythical technology. This full colour printed first edition includes contributions by over 25 different artists and researchers, including: including Hito Steyerl, Rachel O’Dwyer, Rob Myers, Simon Denny, Ben Vickers, Holly Herndon, Theodorios Chiotis, Cecilia Wee, Juhee Hahm and many more. Within the books pages the blockchain becomes a material for a new type of art, a new method of organising, and an urgent subject of critique and engagement.
The event will include an introduction by editors Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett (Furtherfield), Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner (Torque), and Roger McKinley (FACT). A special presentation by Prof. Chris Speed of the Design Informatics Department at Edinburgh University, which will be followed by a panel discussion and drinks.
The book will be available to purchase on the night at £15.
The print book is available and distributed by Liverpool University Press. A digital version will be availble later in the year.
The book has been produced with support from Arts Council England and FACT.
Image credit: Juhee Hahm, Hand to Hand, 2017.