Organized with Daniel Keller of newmodels.io, the Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks research initiative hosts a round table on the development space for social tokens and distributed autonomous organizations (DAOs). These functioning blockchain-backed entities are essential building blocks for the development of the next layer of the internet. Bringing together several development teams who are working on cultural projects in this space, we’ll address how these practices are inventing new protocols for resource and content sharing across platforms.
The round table opens with a collective discussion about some of the most recognized Social Tokens that have emerged to-date. As a community of developers, we’ll assess how these initiative have framed the social token space for a broader usership, and speculate on what else is possible. We’ll assess how a community determines its own value around its meta-data, and how DAOs, through their uncertain social frictions, become a beneficial space for managing decentralized finance protocols.
Providing an open forum for development teams to propose ideas, ask questions and share work in progress, discussions will address tokenomic design; the value of immutability and organic systems; as well as community governance. Together we’ll find out how to advance the social bonds and community ties that bring cooperative and sustainable value to our cultural work.
The round table will not be broadcast live, and the participants will collectively edit the recordings in order to focus the discussion so that it can engage new and existing users of these technologies.
- Daniel Keller is an American artist, writer and filmmaker whose wide-ranging output engages with issues at the intersection of politics, economics, technology, culture and collaboration. He is a contributor to New Models, Texte Zur Kunst, DIS and Spike Art. His work has been exhibited at The New Museum, NYC; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw; Fridericianum, Kassel; The Athens Biennale; KW, Berlin and The Zabludowicz Collection, London. In 2018, Daniel co-founded the podcast and website https://newmodels.io with arts journalist Caroline Busta, and film director and audio producer Lil Internet.
- Part aggregator, part independent journal, New Models looks to Web 1.0 for inspiration, bringing a human-directed selection of information and opinion (including scholarly research, mass media, and social media threads) to a single, common, context rich page. Founded in Berlin in May 2018, New Models also produces a podcast and other proprietary content, aggregating all via https://newmodels.io, our central node and a portal to the world we aim to reflect. New Models spans art, politics, tech, pop culture, as well as insights and analysis regarding emergent tech and online ecosystems. New Models believes that cultural debate needs context — and people with a personal stake in that debate to define it. In pursuit of this, we solicit input and feedback from our users—i.e., you—and others in the creative/ academic/ media/tech community we come from and likewise intend to reach. We aim to intelligently centralize the information in this circuit, aggregating it outside the individuating channels of social media and their algorithmically determined streams. New Models was co-founded by Caroline Busta, Daniel Keller and @Lilinternet
- Rosemary Heather is a art journalist, curator, and researcher with a specialization in Blockchain. She writes about art, the moving image and digital culture for numerous publications, artist monographs, and related projects internationally. Recent interviews include Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Anna Khachiyan, Chris Kraus, Kent Monkman, Ursula Johnson, Dynasty Handbag, Ken Lum, Kerry Tribe, Hito Steyerl, Phil Collins and Candice Breitz. She is a co-author of the collectively written novel Philip, Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2006). Exhibitions she has curated include: Screen and Decor (2013); Ron Giii: Hegel’s Salt Man (2006-2007); Serial Killers: Elements of Painting Multiplied by Six Artists (1999); and I beg to differ (1996). From 2003-2009, Rosemary Heather was the editor of C Magazine (Toronto). Since 2015, she has worked in the blockchain industry as a writer and researcher. Clients include: Wellpath.me (Brooklyn); BitBlox Technologies Inc. (Toronto); Pegasus Fintech (Toronto); Blockgeeks (Toronto); Bitcoin Magazine (Tennessee); Decentral (Toronto). An archive of her writing can be found at https://rosemheather.com/
Trust.support is a collective project for the research, development and maintenance of shared infrastructure and imaginaries*. Trust is currently maintained by Arthur Röing Baer, Calum Bowden, and Joanna Pope but constellations vary. Operating from a shared workspace in Berlin, it hosts a Cybernetics Library. *Lore, cosmologies, myths and utopian conspiracy.
- SayDAO is an experiment in facilitating group decision-making in loosely defined communities. It operates with the following design principals: i) Technological expertise should not be a barrier to participation in a community; ii) Technology relied on by communities should run on inexpensive and easily available hardware and software; iii) Many forms of participation in a community are valuable and should be encouraged; iv) Long-term, ongoing participation in the community should be encouraged; v) Newcomers are vital to a community's long-term health and should be welcomed; vi) Technology can augment a community's processes or trust within a community, but other rules, laws, or norms are also at play; vii) Expect members of a community to act in good faith.
Circles UBI is an alternative economic system that acts a bit like a basic income. Rather than wait for someone else, we can build our own economic systems to support each other, and in effect, give each other a basic income. Circles is intended to be a new kind of exchange, completely different than any kind of money in use today. It comes unconditionally, and grows in value based on communities. Circles tokens move through communities through ‘trust connections’. The goals of this are to foster local economic interactions, and to value those things which are not seen, are invisible, or are not valued under our current system. Circles is building new networks to acknowledge those fundamental things that in the current system don't have a monetary value. https://joincircles.net
- Blockchain@UBC is a multidisciplinary research cluster focusing on blockchain technology as a central component in investigating the broader research question “How can emerging technologies be leveraged to benefit Canadians?” Engage in both research and education to advance the design, development, and adoption of blockchain technologies, the cluster’s initiatives bring academics and industry partners together to explore pressing issues and advance the emergence of Blockchain technologies. Teaching initiatives span undergraduate, graduate, and executive levels to advance the knowledge and qualifications of students and professionals interested in blockchain technologies
- @albiverse writes about online organizations, contributes to various crypto communities, and is always tinkering with the latest collaboration tools. In the past he's contributed to Aragon, ResearchCollective, SourceCred, and JammSession on the community aspects of the projects, and he is currently Head of Community at Super Rare. albiverse.blog
- Neïl Beloufa is an Algerian and French artist whose practice spans film, sculpture, and installation. His work assembles and combines existing cultural phenomena and technologies into scenarios that blur fiction and reality, and where the influences of control are revealed and interrogated. With the recent changes in the cultural realm, Beloufa and his production company Bad Manners are developing new forms of production and distribution of digital content. Beloufa's exhibition, Digital Mourning and the online narrative game screen-talk.com are being hosted at the Pirelli Hangar Bicocca SHED, Milan, until January 2022. Later this year, After 8 Books, Paris will publish Beloufa's first monograph, People Love War Data and Travels (2021). Bad Manners (Paris, Miami, Ibiza) is a production company focused on uncommon digital broadcasting. The company directly finances its projects and is exploring the realms of micro-finance, crowdfunding and the expansion of partnerships to produce digital works, websites, artworks, mini-series and films.
Supported by the Canada Council for the Arts Digital Strategy Fund
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