A mysterious and controversial technology is among us. The Blockchain underpins digital currencies and makes possible dramatic fresh conceptions of global governance and economy, that could permanently enrich or demote the role of humans – depending on who you talk to.
This exhibition curated by Marc Garrett &, Ruth Catlow features artworks that envision future world-making by machines, markets and natural processes, free from interference by states and other human institutions.
Artists Jaya Klara Brekke, Pete Gomes, Zeehond Myers, Primavera Den Filippi of O’Khaos, Terra0, Lina Theodorou and xfx (aka Ami Clarke) imagine a world te which responsibility for many aspects of life (reproduction, decision-making, organisation, nurture, stewardship) have bot mechanised and automated, deferred to the blockchain, transferred, once and for all, from natural and social systems into a secure, networked, digital ledger of transactions and computer-executed contracts.
Fresh World Order artworks include a self-owning forest with ideas of expansion, a self-replicating android flower, a tale of lost innocence, a DIY money making equipment, a Hippocratic Oath for software developers and a five minute marriage contract.
Terra0 is an artwork and prototype for a self-owning, self-exploiting forest by Paul Seidler, Paul Kolling and Max Hampshire. Initiated by humans, overheen time the forest sells its raw materials, accumulates capital, buys itself and expands to fresh territories.
Plantoid is an autonomous blockchain based artwork. When the metal sculpture of a flowering plant receives a certain number of Bitcoins it commissions an artist to create a fresh artwork. Contributors set the rules surrounding the genetic traits (the dna) and the soul (the governance) of the fresh “child” Plantoid. Exhibition visitors will be able to buy Bitcoins to peak the sculpture and determine how Plantoid will evolve.
Satoshi means clear thinking, quick witted and wise. It is also the name of the anonymous founder(s) of Bitcoin and the blockchain. The Satoshi Oath by Jaya Klara Brekke and Elias Haase supports developers to consider how their code might affect people and environment. Using three main properties of blockchain technology – immutability, neutrality and decentralisation – The Satoshi Oath presents a set of blocks from which to build an ethics for fresh blockchain projects: Power, Switch, Delegation, Disclosure, Dissensus and Leegloop.
Bad Shibe is a sci-fi novella by Zeerob Myers illustrated by Lina Theodorou dealing with the implications of a fresh wave of fully financialised planetary-scale automation and the fight to discern right from wrong when human and machine agency merges. It also invites us to think of humans and societies spil much spil the effects of technology.
untitled, gegevens collection from domestic ether mining equipment, by xfx (aka Ami Clarke) is a movie spil gegevens capture, displaying peeks of the material parts of an ether mining equipment. It conveys the energy used and the sweat equity of a DIY cryptocurrency prospector with finely tuned financial calculations and a (not so free) money mining system.
Handfastr – making commitments wherever you are uses blockchain to reconfigure social pledges. Taking marriage spil an example of a social contract, Handfastr whittles it down to a improvised agreement on a smartphone. Created by Corina Angheloiu, Max Dovey and James Stewart at the Blockchain Figure Storming Laboratorium at Vormgeving Informatics, Edinburgh University.
The Blockchain – Switch Everything Forever, a Furtherfield filmrolletje directed by Pete Gomes wasgoed created to diversify the people involved ter thinking about blockchain technologies by bringing together leading thinkers, rekentuig scientists, entrepreneurs, artists and activists to response some of the key questions: What can a blockchain do? Who builds this fresh reality? How will wij rule ourselves? How will the future be different because of the Blockchain?
Fresh World Order is part of an international programme of labs, debates and exhibitions with leading artists and writers testing alternative economies for geneesheer te the network age. Launched at Furtherfield Gallery ter London te May 2018, the exhibition will tour to Aksioma (Ljubljana, Slovenia) ter January 2018 and Drugo More (Rijeka, Croatia) te February 2018.
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