Artists Thinking about the Blockchain

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* Book: Artists Re:Thinking Blockchain. Furtherfield, Torque, Liverpool University Press, 2017




"Features a number of thinkpieces, poems, and speculative works set in a context of a time "before Blockchain changed the world".

There's no doubt that Blockchain is on fire at the moment. Coins and ICOs are sprouting up every day, and large corporations are embracing the technology as a way to authenticate the movement of goods and services through associated technologies like Hyperledger Fabric. Like many technological innovations which offer a fundamental rethink of society and commerce (including the Internet itself), Blockchain is often presented as the intangible solution to a set of contemporary, tangible problems.

So, it's excellent to see a compendium of cognitive and physical works from digital artists be launched at such as critical - yet still early - time in Blockchain's evolution." (


(only the section on Theories)

  • If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms, Hito Steyerl
  • immutabilty 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
  • Holly Herndon & Mat Dryhurst interview, Marc Garrett