Live Stream: Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks – Digital Strategy Launch

Live Stream: Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks Digital Strategy Launch

221A publishes its Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks (BACP) Digital Strategy Research Report. This study, two years in the making, is developed from the work of a research cluster that was convened to investigate the potential of blockchains as an institutional technology. The freely available PDF includes research papers that survey our culture’s ability to enable a mass-collaborative financial turn, developed with new models for digital cooperativism. The emergent strategy is to enable the conditions for recommoning land, data and objects, through the development of responsive and resilient, asset sharing, power distributing and value generating networks. 

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A series of live streams accompany the launch of the digital strategy, and this first of four events will feature Jesse McKee, BACP Lead Investigator and 221A Head of Strategy, with Rosemary Heather, BACP Editorial Director and Principal Researcher. Following a presentation of the initiative’s research cluster and its narratives, key performance targets and strategy screen, Svitlana Matviyenko, Assistant Professor of Communications and Associate Director of the Digital Democracies Institute of Simon Fraser University, joins the conversation to discuss the strategy through the lens of infrastructure in the digital realm. We’ll ask questions about the ways this infrastructure can reproduce or block, reinforce or interrupt, support or intertwine with colonialism and imperialism.

Accessibility note: Live captioning will be provided during the event. A full transcript and recording will be published in the days following.


Blockchains & Cultural Padlocks Research Report, published by 221A, May 2021

Project Support

Supported by the Canada Council’s Digital Strategy Fund

Canada Council for the Arts