Promises of the Blockchain

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Project description

Bitcoin is recognised as the official currency in El Salvador, while so-called “decentralised autonomous organisations” (DAOs) are establishing digital cooperatives and consumers conclude “smart contracts” online, replacing notaries public. In other words, crypto currencies and their underlying blockchain technology are driving a major structural transformation in the global financial market. With the exhibition “Cryptomania”, the Zeppelin Museum explores whether the proliferation of blockchain technology not only marks a far-reaching paradigm shift in the financial market, but also in the way we will work and live together in the future. Could decentralised blockchains serve as a model for democratic processes?

The project organisers have invited the artist and programmer Sarah Friend of the Circles Collective to address the issue of blockchain-based currency which – in contrast to other cryptocurrencies – is based on the principle of accumulating capital. It examines new digital identities with Holly Herndon’s “Holly+”, an installation that allows buyers to digitally borrow the artist’s voice with which they can converse or sing. The art collective “Congolese Plantation Workers Art League (CATPC)” will issue non-fungible tokens (NFTs) which will serve as a potential instrument for decolonialisation. The plan is to sell 300 NFTs of a sculpture of a Belgian colonial officer from 1931. For each NFT sold, CATPC will purchase one hectare of land in Congo which will be used to promote local cultural projects and establish sustainable agriculture.

Artistic director: Claudia Emmert
Curator: Ina Neddermeyer
Participants: BeeDAO, Sarah Friend, Paul Kolling, Egor Kraft, Julia Schneider, Paul Seidler and others

Exhibition: Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen: 15 Dec. 2023 – 7 Apr. 2024



Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen GmbH

Seestraße 22
D-88045 Friedrichshafen (external link, opens in a new window)