Exploring Blockchain, Faircoin & FreedomCoop
Perspectives on blockchain technology
In this showcase several perspectives on blockchain technology are presented. Besides the three video essays 'Change Everything Forever' (a Furtherfield film in collaboration with Digital Catapult by Pete Gomes and Ruth Catlow), 'Blockchain, an architecture of control?' by Louise Drulhe and ‘V-formation, a freedom coop’ by Sue Ferge, Pieter Heremans experiments with the visualisation of Faircoin blockchain transactions and peer network.
The presentation highlights, amongst others, the social cryptocurrency Faircoin and its related FreedomCoop. FairCoin claims to be the first fairly distributed cryptocurrency. The related Freedom Coop is an activistic legal structure offering toolkits for self-management, self-employment, economic autonomy and financial disobedience for individuals and groups striving for fairer social and economic relationships. Faircoin and FreedomCoop are initiated by FairCoop.
About the artists
Furtherfield is an international hub for arts, technology and social change. Since 1997, Furtherfield has created online platforms and physical places for exhibitions, labs and debates where different types of people explore today’s important questions. Furtherfield is based in London with a Gallery and Lab in Finsbury Park.
Graduated from Ensad (École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris), Louise Drulhe (1990) works as a graphic designer and artist in Paris. She develops a research project that aims to visualise digital landscapes. In her publication The Critical Atlas of the Internet, she studies the space of the Internet through a series of representations. She is currently working on a cartography of the Internet during a residency at Lafayette Plug and Play.
Faircoop is an open global cooperative, self-organized via the Internet and remaining outside nation-state control. Faircoop develops tools for a fair economy.
http://www.freedomcoop.eu - http://www.fair-coin.org
Being a visual anthropologist Sue Ferge (US/IE) collaborated as a student/participant in the peer-learning process of the Open Design course (for refugees) at KASK / School of Arts Ghent. Here projects ‘Khabz daula’ and ‘Evaluated’ were presented at Emergent gallery in Veurne (BE) during the ‘Meervoud’ exhibition.
Pieter Heremans, excavator of digital artifacts, is civil engineer and technical advisor for new media artists. He is currently affiliated with the Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG, St Lucas School of Arts, Antwerp, Belgium) as researcher, and member of Hackerspace Brussels.
Showcase curator : Bram Crevits