Michel Bauwens & the Promise of the Blockchain

FIBER and De Brakke Grond present ‘Michel Bauwens & The Promise of the Blockchain – Future applications of decentralized databases’. This event is part of ‘All Futures Memories’ (De Brakke Grond) and is FIBER’s 12th edition of the Coded Matter(s) event series.

The rise of the infamous cryptocurrency Bitcoin has sparked interest in another revolutionary technology: the blockchain, which has been predicted to greatly alter the world we live in. FIBER and De Brakke Grond Centre for the Arts presents a night of discussions between Flemish cyber-philosopher Michel Bauwens and leading artists, designers, and researchers on the applications and implications of the blockchain.

The blockchain is a decentralised ledger that forms the basis behind the controversial technology Bitcoin. Apart from cryptocurrency, the blockchain has various other potential applications. At Coded Matter(s) #12, Michel Bauwens will contextualize these potentials as part of his ongoing research on peer-to-peer practices around the world, reflecting on how this phenomenon contributes to a new social order that prioritizes achieving common goals over for-profit corporations. A group of designers, researchers and artists will accompany Bauwens to discuss current and future applications of the blockchain, and its revolutionary potentials.

This event is supported by The Creative Industry Fund NL (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie), Mondriaan Fund (Mondriaan Fonds) and Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond.

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Michel Bauwens

Michel Bauwens [BE]

Theoretician, activist, public speaker

Michel Bauwens, theoretician, activist, and public speaker, is one of the pioneers of the peer-to-peer movement. He is founder and …

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Vinay Gupta [GB]

Global resilience guru

Vinay Gupta has created disaster relief programs like STAR-TIDES with the US National Defense University and shares his expertise on …

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Jaromil [IT/NL]

Researcher, speaker, artist

Denis Roio (aka Jaromil) is a researcher in philosophy of technology, artist and software artisan whose creations are endorsed by …

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Photo by Sara Bjarland

Michelle Kasprzak [CA]

Moderator

Michelle Kasprzak is a curator and writer based in Amsterdam, NL. She also founded one of the world’s leading art curating blogs, Curating.info (2006-2015). Michelle has held a range of curatorial roles at organizations such as V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, the Dutch Electronic Art Festival (DEAF), and New Media Scotland.

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Sources, Code & Knowledge

The Many Promises of Blockchain

27/06/16

By Max Dovey

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After the Sharing Economy

18/02/16

Audio archive from a panel with Vinay Gupta, Francesca Pick, Denis Rojo aka Jaromil …

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Forget Bitcoin

18/02/16

What is the blockchain and why should you care?

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The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment

05/02/16

by Mike Hearn

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10 BITCOIN myths

05/02/16

By Eduard de Jong, Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens

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Programmable Blockchains in Context

05/02/16

by Vinay Gupta

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Lecture by Vinay Gupta at V2

24/12/15

During the opening event of Data in the 21st Century on December 19, 2015, Vinay Gupta …

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Mondriaan Fund

The public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage.

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The Creators Project

The Creators Project is a global network dedicated to the celebration of creativity, arts …

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Creative Industries Fund NL

The Creative Industries Fund NL began operating on 1 January 2013. It operates within …

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Flemish Arts Centre De Brakke Grond

The Flemish Arts Centre ‘De Brakke Grond’ offers the most significant developments, contemporary art …

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