Our colleagues at Furtherfield have a new book out on the Blockchain, its social implications and its role as an artistic subject. Check it out here.


The blockchain is widely heralded as the new internet – another dimension in an ever-faster, ever-more-powerful interlocking of ideas, actions and values. Principally the blockchain is a ledger distributed across a large array of machines that enables digital ownership and exchange without a central administering body. Within the arts it has profound implications as both a means of organising and distributing material, and as a new subject and medium for artistic exploration.

Contributors: César Escudero Andaluz, Jaya Klara Brekke, Theodoros Chiotis, Ami Clarke, Simon Denny, The Design Informatics Research Centre (Edinburgh), Max Dovey, Mat Dryhurst, Primavera De Filippi, Peter Gomes, Elias Haase, Juhee Hahm, Max Hampshire, Kimberley ter Heerdt, Holly Herndon, Helen Kaplinsky, Paul Kolling, Elli Kuruş, Nikki Loef, Bjørn Magnhildøen, Rob Myers, Martín Nadal, Rachel O’Dwyer, Edward Picot, Paul Seidler, Hito Steyerl, Surfatial, Lina Theodorou, Pablo Velasco, Ben Vickers, Mark Waugh, Cecilia Wee, and Martin Zeilinger.

About the authors

Marc Garrett is an internet artist, writer and curator. He is co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield/HTTP Gallery, London, and is one of Furtherfield’s principal researchers into net art and cultural context on the internet.

Nathan Jones is a poet, curator. Currently: Reid cross-disciplinary PhD scholar in Literature and Media at Royal Holloway University of London; associate Lecturer Fine Art Liverpool John Moores; and co-director of Torque Editions a hybrid publishing project and research platform.

Ruth Catlow is a net artist, and co-Founder and co-Director of Furtherfield. She is involved in research into net art and cultural context on the internet and co-curates featured works on furtherfield.org and HTTP Gallery, London.

Sam Skinner is an independent artist, researcher and curator. Recent projects include: co-curation of The New Observatory at FACT, Liverpool in collaboration with the Open Data Institute; Research Associate at Kingston School of Art; and co-director of Torque Editions.

Table of contents

  • Preface Nathan Jones and Sam Skinner
  • Introduction Ruth Catlow
  • Documentation
    • FinBook: Literary content as digital commodity Rory Gianni⍏, Hadi Merpouya*, Dave Murray-Rust⍏, Bettina Nissen⍏, Shaune Oosthuizen⍏, Chris Speed⍏, Kate Symons**
    • Text as Market Ami Clarke
    • Plantoid Primavera De Filippi
    • Terra0 Paul Seidler, Paul Kolling, and Max Hampshire
    • Critical mining: blockchain and bitcoin in contemporary art Martín Nadal & César Escudero Andaluz
    • The Blockchain: Change everything forever Peter Gomes
    • Satoshi Oath Jaya Klara Brekke and Elias Haase
    • 01.01.20 Kimberley ter Heerdt & Nikki Loef
    • Role Play Your Way to Budgetary Blockchain Bliss Pablo Velasco
    • A Shared Timeline PWR Studio
    • Gamer Case Images Simon Denny
  • Fictions
    • Flying Under A Neutral Flag Cecilia Wee
    • History of Political Operating Systems > Interview with Dr. L. Godord Elli Kuruş
    • All That Happened Surfatial
    • Bad Shibe Rob Myers and Lina Theodorou
    • Defixio Nervorum Theodoros Chiotis
    • How to Surf Juhee Hahm
  • Theory
    • If You Don’t Have Bread, Eat Art!: Contemporary Art and Derivative Fascisms Hito Steyerl
    • Blockchain Poetics Rob Myers
    • Love on the Block Max Dovey
    • Collections management on the blockchain: A return to the principles of the museum Helen Kaplinsky
    • Artists Rights in the Era of the Distributed Ledger Mark Waugh
    • Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About the Blockchain* (*But Were Afraid to Ask Mel Ramsden) Martin Zeilinger
    • Does digital culture want to be free? How blockchains are transforming the economy of cultural goods Rachel O’Dwyer
    • Aphantasia – blockchain as medium for art Bjørn Magnhildøen, Noemata
    • Interview with Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst Marc Garrett

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