How to make sure NFTs become (more) valuable for the arts?

EMAP round table discussion at Art Brussels

30 April 2022
17:30 — 19:00

Location: iMAL
Entrance: free with a valid Art Brussels ticket - No reservation required

At Art Brussels you can join us in a round table to discuss the role and value of NFTs in the art world, with a.o. researcher Inte Gloerich (MoneyLab) and Media artist and curator Alex Czetwertynski. The event is jointly organised by IMPAKT, iMAL (BE), Antre Peaux (FR), m-cult (FIN) and Gnration (PL) as part of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), co-funded by the European Union’s Creative Europe Programme.

“How to make sure NFTs become (more) valuable for the arts?” With this question we open up the round table discussion that will conclude a 2-day ArtBrussels.NFT Speaker Series, presented by PARALLEL in collaboration with iMAL at Art Brussels. During this round table we will tackle questions such as: 

  • the livelihood of artists; 
  • cryptoart 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

Since 2016, Inte Gloerich has studied the social, cultural and political aspects of blockchain technology from the Institute of Network Cultures (INC). She will obtain her PhD from Utrecht University with her research into the different visions of the future expressed by blockchain projects, artworks and speculative designs. At the INC, she is part of the MoneyLab project, a network of researchers, artists and activists who are experimenting with the digital economy and forms of financial democratization.

Alex Czetwertynski is a digital artist and curator working in the fields of creative technology, experiential, media arts and more recently with NFTs. His practice includes large-scale immersive experiences, media sculptures and commentary on contemporary digital art practices. He summarised his reflections on NFTs in this article on Medium.

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