Conference 2020

‘Exploring Blockchain and the Cultural Sector’

Date: Friday 16th October 2020

An online conference hosted by University of Manchester.

Blockchain is a decentralised and distributed ledger technology which is the underlying infrastructure for cryptocurrencies. Through its distributed ledger, tokens exchanged on the technology can gain a provenance which can act as a proof of authenticity and ownership. In this respect, blockchain has been described as a part of a ‘new digital revolution’ (Tapscott & Tapscott, 2018) as well as a potential fifth disruptive computing paradigm (Swan 2015). In recent years, blockchain has become a new field of interest in the arts sector with the technology being harnessed for its ability to create authenticity, trust and proof of ownership.

This one-day conference aims to brings together academics, PhD students, artists and practitioners who are exploring blockchain, or are interested in the technology, from across the cultural and creative sectors. In doing so, this conference aims to critically examine how the technology might be used in the sector as well as introduce blockchain in an accessible way.

Conference Organiser:

Frances Liddell, University of Manchester

Funders and Sponsors

AHRC through NWCDTP Cohort Development Fund

Creative Manchester (University of Manchester)