Launch: Serpentine’s Future Art Ecosystems 3: Art x Decentralised Tech, δημοσίευση CLOT Magazine [25/11/2022]Marilena Pateraki
Serpentine Arts Technologies are Launching today their third annual strategic briefing. Future Art Ecosystems 3 (FAE3): Art x Decentralized Tech provides new learnings around decentralised technologies and, in particular, what role Web3 will play in the future of Art.
FAE’s annual strategic briefing series was born out of a need to inform organisational development in the arts, specifically around ecosystem design for art and advanced technologies. The Serpentine Arts Technologies team comments that while there is a rich dialogue around art’s critical interventions into contemporary technologies such as AI, blockchain and immersive technologies and their mainstream narratives, a dedicated focus on operational and infrastructural conditions for supporting and developing art and advanced technologies has been largely lacking.
The two previous issues explored the advent of the metaverse (an always-online ‘second’ world and emerging internet megastructure) and the new infrastructures being built around artistic practices engaging with advanced technologies for the inaugural FAE.
FAE3 wants to address the possibilities for a more interoperable (i.e. cross-organisationally integrated) vision for 21st-century cultural infrastructure. The team behind Serpentine Arts technologies have been doing a lot of research on the topic in the last few years, in great part through their Blockchain Lab led by Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty.
The report identifies new patterns for organisational and creative innovation within the broader space of decentralised technologies, variably dubbed as ‘web3’, ‘crypto’ and ‘dweb’. Through a series of interviews with specialists across art, web3, crypto, dweb, innovation policy and civic, the briefing articulates various horizons for reconfiguring how practitioners and the cultural sector at large can operationalise production, distribution and financial support systems. FAE3 formulates a series of prospective strategies for existing and new cultural organisations interested in Arts and advanced technologies and the latter’s role in supporting resilient, democratic societies.