Keynote at the DAO Summit for Decentralisation of Power and Resources in the Artworld, Haus der Kunst, Munich

Radical Friends online summit

January 22, 2022

Radical Friends is a DAO Summit for decentralisation of power and resources in the art world took place on Saturday, January 22*, 2022 as a livestream via the Haus der Kunst in Munich in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut. The gathering brought together artists, thinkers and technologists to explore how power and resources in the arts and culture sector can be distributed differently with the help of digital technologies, focusing on blockchain.

Curated by Ruth Catlow (Furtherfield) and Penny Rafferty in dialogue with Sarah Johanna Theurer (Haus Der Kunst) the event addresses key questions around how blockchain can transform the art world, such as “How can blockchain technologies enable decentralised digital communities for the art world?,” “What are the possibilities of DAO’s (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations) for the Arts, Culture and Society?,” “What are the new financial and organisational ecosystems which will support these communities?”.

Keynote talk Jaya Klara Brekke.

The eight-hour online programme included lectures, panel discussions, presentations and concerts.  Participants include Kei Kreutler,  Rhea Myers, James Whipple (eea, M.E.S.H.), OMSK Social Club, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Cem Dagdelen, Aude Launay, Sarah Friend, Laura Lotti and Calum Bowden (Black Swan), Bhavisha Panchia and Carly Whitaker (Covalence Studios), Nicolay Spesivtsev and Dzina Zhuk (eeefff) and Massimiliano Mollona (Ensembl).

The summit is part of the Goethe-Institut project “Lockdown Lessons.” It searches for answers on what can be learned from the COVID-19 crisis on a global scale concerning social, technological, postcolonial and civil society concerns.