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Decentralization and commoning the arts Ruth Catlow

From CreaTures ‒ Creative practice and transformations to sustainability, forthcoming EU Horizon2020 cooperation project. 1

In the 1980s the art press starts to note a new kind of art collector motivated by their “hope to double or triple their investment.” http://www.artnews.com/2018/01/09/115years-manic-market-go-go-80s/ 2

Studies show that the national median wage for a fine artist in 2010 was only £10,000 ‒ less than half of the average UK salary https://microsites.bournemouth. ac.uk/cippm/2011/05/16/copyright-contracts-and-earnings-of-visual-creators/ 3

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https://ethereum.org/

Informed by ongoing collaboration with Ben Vickers and DAOWO workshop participants http://daowo.org 5

Web3.0 (follows Web1.0 and Web2.0) and is the web of secure, transparent data produced by machine learning and the mobility of our technological devices/IoT. The Distributed Web campaign led by Tim Berners Lee seeks to bind the decentralization of data with choice: “being able to choose where you store your data, independently of the services you want on top of that data” (2018) https://bit.ly/2KtF9T5 Also see Hackernoon for Aviv Lichtigstein on the significance of Web3.0 and the blockchain IT stack https://bit.ly/2YHlt38 6

See DAOStack https://daostack.io/, Aragon https://aragon.org/ and Colony https://colony.io 7

Art Data Money, Furtherfield (2015), http://www.furtherfield.org/artdatamoney/ debate/ 8

Furtherfield Blockchain Art Resource (2018), http://www.furtherfield.org/furtherfields-art-and-blockchain-resource/ 9

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Decal web page https://www.decal.is

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Art for the living Art is practical philosophy and creative play with everyday rules, matter, behaviors and structures. It is a means to extend intersubjective expression between living beings, things, and environments - decoration, a conversation piece. It is a field of practice that, while real, requires no defense of what constitutes truth (Catlow and Vickers, 2017). Radical, rooted, artworld events can produce new timespaces that cultivate new ways of being, feeling and knowing for individuals and collectives of people.1 The intense commodification of art since the 1980s2 has been accompanied by the hyper-individualization and beggaring of artists on the ground in even the world’s wealthiest countries.3 The unsatisfactory relationship between art and money tends towards a total financialization of artworks, detached from communities of artists from which they spring. A pyramidic artworld, structured via markets and business interests (Schneider, 2018; Catlow and Vickers, 2019) is well illustrated in William Powhida’s 2010 drawing, A Guide to the Market Oligopoly System. Because of this, the potential is lost for a positive transformation of collective values that can be generated through collaborative artistic production and diffusion in grounded communities. (Crompton, 2010; Marçal, 2016). Can we use the redecentralized internet to redecentralize art? Since their emergence in 2008, blockchain technologies, described as the new Internet of money, value tracking and unstoppable applications,4 have moved beyond their initial promise to blow apart the control of money from the center. They have demonstrated a capacity to carry a full spectrum of political hopes and ideologies (Myers, 2017;5 Kanad Chakrabarti, 2016). Emerging Web3.0 technologies,6 tools and frameworks7 are now also enabling new possibilities for decentralized collectives of people to coordinate and self-organize in their own interest. In 2015 we called artists, techies and activists to join us at Furtherfield to discover how emerging data and blockchain technologies could be used “to build a commons for the arts in the network age”.8 Since then we have devised and produced a series of public exhibitions, films and workshops to explore the affordances, potentials and limitations of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology cultures beyond pure market speculation.9 Now Furtherfield’s Decentralized Arts Lab (DECAL) is hosting artist-led research to experiment with and prototype new systems, working with blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for more emancipatory cultural economies and ecologies.10

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