Programme (2020)

Exploring Blockchain in the Cultural Sector

Keynote Speaker (1:15 pm – 2:15 pm): Marcus O’Dair, University of Arts, London

Welcome (9:00 am – 9:15 am): Chris Taylor, Digital Futures, University of Manchester

Session 1: Governance & Economies (09:15 am- 10:45 am) Chair: Frances Liddell

Distributed Decision-Making Systems Prototyped by Artists Aude Launay, Orleans School of Art & Design
Abundant Story Economies: Using distributed ledger technologies to re-imagine community-based heritage workDenise Thwaites, University of Canberra,
Baden Pailthorpe, ANU School of Art & Design, Canberra
Trickle Down, A New Vertical SovereigntyHelen Knowles, Artist

Session 2: Tokens (11:00 am – 12:30 pm) Chair: Gareth Fletcher

Tokenisation and Blockchain Tech: A case for independent film finance? Patrice Poujol, Founder & CEO of Lumiere Project
Tokens of Connection: Exploring how cryptocollectibles can be made meaningfulFrances Liddell, University of Manchester
Aura & TransvestmentPablo Somonte Ruano, University of the Arts, Bremen

Session 3: Provenance (2:30 pm- 4:00 pm) Chairs: Bernhard Nissla & Richard Haderer

Provenance on the blockchain: Might the art market be placing too much trust in decentralized information systems?Gareth Fletcher, Sotheby’s Institute of Art
ARCHANGEL: Trusted archives of digital public recordsMark Bell, The National Archives, UK
Creating Cultural Value through Provenance: The weaver’s perspective of a blockchain experimentSimone Wesner, Birkbeck, University of London

Session 4: Creative Industries (4:15 pm – 5:45 pm) Chair: Alysha Shivji

Cryptokitties and the New Ludic Economy: How blockchain introduces ownership in digital gamingAlesja Serada, University of Vaasa,
Tanja Sihvonen, University of Vaasa,
Tuomas Harviainen, Tampere University
Collaborative Approaches for Creative and Media IndustriesManuel Badel, Badel Media
Digital Media Art on the BlockchainRouslan Ovtcharoff, Blockchain Global Entertainment Alliance

After-party hosted by Cryptowiener in Cryptovoxels. Access here:,131N