ARTeCHO Lecture: Michelle Kasprzak

  • New(ish) technologies, timeless questions 

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    The possibilities afforded by blockchain seem to lead us into new territory and offer a unique language for describing interaction: trustless, decentralized, self-sovereign, and so on. Despite this veneer of the new, the basic aims behind many of the communities formed around blockchain technologies strive to meet timeless human needs for connection, mutual aid, and creative expression. Technology is once again summoned to regulate, temper and de-risk human behaviour, which is far too simplistic.

    This talk will explore our possible ethical dispositions towards blockchain technologies, and reflect on the value of moving forward with them as an integral part of creative endeavour. We will also examine which aspirations are better reflected in older and less technological models and methods, including lessons from past technological revolutions which continue to hold relevance.

    Michelle Kasprzak is an established contributor to the fields of digital cultures and speculative futures as an academic, curator, and artist. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Recently, she received the support of the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie to develop a body of research on non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

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    This lecture is part of the ARTeCHO project. A European initiative to unleash the potential of the emerging arts ecosystem, created by five European institutions: SERN – Startup Europe Regions Network; Zaragoza City of Knowledge Foundation/Etopia; Meet Digital Center; Baltan Laboratories; and Frankfurt School Blockchain Center (FSBC). ARTeCHO is co-funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. Neither the European Union nor the granting can be held responsible for them.

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