ArtBrussels.NFT Speaker Series

ArtBrussels.NFT Speaker Series

Presented by PARALLEL
In collaboration with iMAL

Powered by Art Brussels
With the kind support of  JPG, Arteïa, OneGrid, EMAP

Friday 29 April 2022 / 17:00 – 20:00
Saturday 30 April 2022 / 14:00 – 19:00

Where ?
iMAL, Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology
Koolmijnenkaai 30 Quai des Charbonnages
1080 Brussels

FRIDAY 29.04.2022
17:00 – 18:30

HOW DID WE GET HERE? A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLOCKCHAIN ART AND NFTs.

Taking a broad perspective, we will explore the historical forces that have led us to the creation and adoption of NFTs, as seen from a cultural and anthropological lens.

Talk by Pierre-Yves Desaive – Art Historian, Curator Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Moderated by Nicolas Wierinck – Co-founder Parallel 

Pierre-Yves Desaive is an art historian specialized in digital media art, curator for contemporary art at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, and professor at the National Superior School for Visual Arts (La Cambre, Brussels). Former president of the Belgian section of the International Art Critics Association (AICA), former member of the Digital Art Commission of the Ministry of Culture, he regularly publishes in the national and international press, and is the Belgian correspondent for Flash Art.

 

FRIDAY 29.04.2022
18:45 – 20:00

NEW MODEL OR TECH HYPE CYCLE? HOW NFTs IMPACT THE ART WORLD.

NFT’s are considered by some to be transforming the art world, creating new ways of producing and selling art. But do they provide a real departure from the art world’s existing modus operandi? Or are we just dressing old systems in new clothes?

Talk by Casey Reas, Artist REAS Studio, Processing, UCLA DMA, Feral File

  • Thomas De Ben – Digital Art Liaison, PLUS-ONE Gallery,  Antwerp 
  • Valérie Hasson-Benillouche – Director / Founder Galerie Charlot, Paris/Tel Aviv 
  • Frederik De Fruyt – Collector 

Moderated by Alex Czetwertynski – Co-founder Parallel 

Casey Reas is an American artist whose conceptual, procedural and minimal artworks explore ideas through the contemporary lens of software. Reas is best known for having created, with Ben Fry the Processing programming language. He is also the founder of Feral File, a space for the new media community to co-create the future of art making, exhibiting, and collecting. 

Feral File believes that by partnering with artists and curators to establish transparent protocols for exhibiting and collecting file-based art, they can see a more expansive view of what’s possible—and start bringing it to life. 

SATURDAY 30.04.2022
14:00 – 15:30

NFTs AND THE CREATOR ECONOMY – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR COLLECTORS, INVESTORS AND THE REST OF US?

The ownership of NFTs, as intangible assets, present a series of questions and challenges for collectors, established and emergent. How do we tackle the legal and financial uncertainty surrounding this budding market?

Talk by Jonas Lund – Artist, Jonas Lund Token (JLT)

  • Annemijn Witkam – Lawyer, Junior Associate – Stibbe, Amsterdam
  • Adriano Picinati di Torcello – Director, Global Art & Finance Coordinator at Deloitte, Luxembourg 
  • Ry David Bradley – Artist

Moderated by Olivier Marian – Co-founder, CSO Arteïa 

Jonas Lund is a Swedish conceptual artist who creates paintings, sculpture, photography, websites and performances that critically reflect on contemporary networked systems and power structures. Jonas Lund Token (JLT) is a distributed decentralised autonomous artistic practice that aims to optimise and streamline the decision making process in art production and the strategic decisions concerning a career path. 

 

SATURDAY 30.04.2022
15:45 – 17:15

NEEDLES IN HAYSTACKS: CURATING AND COLLECTING NFTs

What does it mean to collect and curate NFTs from both an institutional and hobbyist perspective? How does one set-up an NFT collecting institution? And how can we understand NFTs as cultural assets that form a social graph of interest?

Moderated by Trent ElmoreJPG co-founder, collector and advisor for the collection of Nascent Fund.

 

SATURDAY 30.04.2022
17:30 – 19:00

HOW TO MAKE SURE NFTs BECOME (MORE) VALUABLE FOR THE ARTS?

A round table to conclude the ArtBrussels.NFT Speaker Series and further open up the discussion. We will tackle questions such as the livelihood of artists ; crypto art aesthetics, between digital art, amateur practices, memes, and wealth signifiers ; public good and increased commercialisation ; the essential mediation role of art institutions and new structures.

An event organised by iMAL (BE), IMPAKT (NL), Antre Peaux (FR), m-cult (FIN) and Gnration (PT), as part of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme.

Moderated by Alex Czetwertynski – Co-founder Parallel 

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