Published August 20, 2020
Online Event: Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 7 pm ET
How do distributed technologies, peer-to-peer, and blockchain-based currencies provide corrective measures to ailing economic and political systems? To what extent do these new technologies re-inforce the same power dynamics and abuses as our current systems?
In this skill-share, Eric Barry Drasin will introduce projects that use decentralized technologies to affect progressive social change. Drasin will discuss projects such as Bailbloc, which mines cryptocurrency to pay for bail funds; CirclesUBI, which attempts to create a mutual credit solidarity economy; and discuss how blockchain technology has exacerbated the economic and political conditions it was supposed to disrupt.
Eric Barry Drasin is a research-based artist exploring the relationship between art and systems of value. Through emerging blockchain technologies, his current research explores “distributed” processes, objects, and organizations that problematize and reprogram fundamental assumptions about how value is constructed and disseminated. Using contracts and legal frameworks as a platform for enacting collectivity, his work injects cooperation and utopian absurdity into systems designed to consolidate power. The notion of the art object is rematerialized in digital space and expanded to engage notions of cultural production and collective agency. Value is thus performed as a form of disruption, and capitalism itself is the terrain for the refiguration of the economic landscape.
Squeaky Wheel’s Workspace Residency is a bi-yearly residency open to artists and researchers working in art and technology. The program is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, and individual members, businesses, and supporters. For more information about the program, click here.