From November 11th to 15th, the Vancouver Biennale will host #ArtProject2020, a virtual art and technology expo exploring digital art and the newest technologies shifting the art world. This event is free to attend and those without previous exposure to the field will benefit most – everyone is welcome. #ArtProject2020 will be the Vancouver Biennale’s first display of tokenized art, which is powered by blockchain technology and has redefined digital artwork ownership. This fun-filled, educational, hands-on expo will feature panel discussions, workshops, and gamified activities including a crypt-puzzle, digital art battle live, and virtual gallery tours. Trilingual programming in English, Spanish, and Chinese will be available.

 

While the expo will be exclusively online and open to a global audience, it is anchored by a future physical installation by New York based Colombian artist Jessica Angel. Cleverly titled Voxel Bridge, this public artwork will transform the area underneath Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge into an immersive experience to transport visitors between physical and digital worlds. The installation will take place in Spring 2021, pending official health advisories. In the meantime, #ArtProject2020 will be a unique opportunity to preview and engage with key ideas that inspired Angel’s vision to build a digital port at the centre of Vancouver.

Join Us For #ArtProject2020

November 11 - 15

VANCOUVER BIENNALE

ART & TECHNOLOGY EXPO

NOVEMBER 11 - 15

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What is #ArtProject2020?  (Opening Remarks)

Time: 9:00 - 9:20 AM PST | 12:00 - 12:20 PM EST | 6:00 - 6:20 PM CET

Format: Kick off - Morning Coffee (20 Min)

 

Speakers: Jessica Angel and Barrie Mowatt

 

#ArtProject2020 kicks off with a keynote discussion between Vancouver Biennale founder and president Barrie Mowatt and visual artist Jessica Angel, who will provide some insight to the inaugural expo’s inception, present the central themes to be explored and discuss some of the highlights attendees can look forward to over the following five days of events.

 

Finding the Diamond  in the Rough: What Drives Collector Decisions?

Time: 10:00 - 10:35 AM PST | 1:00 - 1:35 PM EST | 7:00 - 7:35 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Jake Bruckman, La Virgen del Crypto, Jason Bailey, Fanny Lakoubay

Moderator: Kate Vass

 

As 2020 approaches its conclusion having observed sales records broken numerous times, the panel discusses what features collectors look for, or should look for, when purchasing a tokenized artwork. From pure aesthetic and admiration of the artist to sales histories and market data; why do collectors select the pieces they do?

 

Building Markets and Communities as Tools for Artists and Collectors

Time: 1:30 - 2:05 PM PST | 4:30 - 5:05 PM EST | 10:30 - 11:05 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speaker: JJ Laxton, Alex Salnikov, Jennifer Senhaji, John Crain

 

Pioneers in the non-fungible ecosystem discuss the work that goes into planning and designing tokenized art marketplaces. Topics include optimizing the user experience, incorporating innovative features, embracing feedback, and moving with the times.

 

Wednesday November 11

 

 

Overcoming Technical Challenges. The Magic Behind NFT platforms

Time: 10:00 - 10:35 AM PST | 1:00 - 1:35 PM EST | 7:00 - 7:35 PM CET

Format: Keynote Speaker (25 Min)

 

Speaker: Charles Crain (SuperRare), Vamsi Alluri (MakerDao), James Morgan (Known Origin) JJ Laxton (Ephimera)

 

CTOs and Product Managers from a number of prominent tokenized art marketplaces will discuss their experiences in designing and building a product to maximize user experiences. From decentralized media storage and front-end design to innovative smart contracts and extensive testing, the panel shares some of the biggest challenges and most rewarding successes they witnessed throughout a long and intensive process.

 

 

 

Voxel Bridge - Integrating Virtual and Physical Worlds

Time: 11:00 - 11:25 AM PST | 2:00 - 2:25 PM EST | 8:00 - 8:25 PM CET

Format: Keynote Speaker (25 Min)

 

Speakers: Jessica Angel and Raul Romanutti

 

This will be the unveiling of the installation which served as inspiration for #ArtProject2020: Voxel Bridge. This 34,000 square feet work will explore the intersection between the physical and the digital – with immersive use of vinyl and incorporated Augmented Reality (AR) technology providing a sensory journey through the Kusama Network. Scheduled to be installed in Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge in Spring 2021, Angel and Romanutti will discuss the conception of this artwork and how it integrates blockchain technology in real time through AR.

 

 

Monetizing Through Sticker Design

Time: 2:30 - 3:15 PM PST | 5:30 - 6:15 PM EST | 11:30 - 12:15 PM CET

Format: Demonstration (20 Min)

 

Speakers: Jonathan Zerah

 

The Status Sticker Market enables users to have a bit of fun inside Status chat and create unique packs to recognize projects, people, and special events. One of the best parts of the Status Sticker Market is its decentralized nature – anyone can create a pack, list a price (in SNT), and earn 100% of the profits from sales. During this workshop, artists who created designs for the #ArtProject2020 Status Sticker Competition will learn how to upload them to the Status platform..

 

Marketplaces Across Blockchains

Time: 1:30 - 2:05 PM PST | 4:30 - 5:05 PM EST | 10:30 - 11:05 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Zack Burks, JJ Laxton, Fred Nogueira

Moderator: Joe Looney

 

With dozens of digital ecosystems competing to deliver revolutionary products and services, our panel discusses the choices that must be factored in when building on any specific foundation. Architects across four platforms built upon different blockchains discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each, and the key influences in their decision to build on the chain they did.

 

 

Thursday November 12

 

 

From Generative Photography to Darktaxa

Time: 10:00 - 10:35 AM PST | 1:00 - 1:35 PM EST | 7:00 - 7:35 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Michael Reisch, Anna Ridler, Stefan Gronert

Moderator: Marco de Mutiis

 

The evolution of photography as a medium was inherently driven by technology. In this panel we will discuss the current state of photography and its development from the generative photography movement in the 1960s to digital photography and post-photography of our time. Some recent technological developments, such as GAN, photogrammetry and augmented reality, are shaping our visual perception and challenging the original definition of photography. We are encountering a new era in which capturing the physical and virtual world is processed through a blackbox of algorithms. With the Darktaxa Project, a group of artists has started to build a vocabulary of new techniques related to photography and is leading a discourse on a proto status of image processing that is yet to be defined.

 

 

 

 

Defining Ownership in Tokenized Assets

Time: 1:30 - 2:05 PM PST | 4:30 - 5:05 PM EST | 10:30 - 11:05 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Nathan Clapp, Michael Sanders, Devin Finzer, Caroline Wend

Moderator: Cynthia Gayton

 

What does it mean to own a non-fungible token? What rights are conferred to owners of single edition NFTs, or to edition owners? Can ownership of an edition really be imagined as “fractional ownership”? This round table gets to the heart of some of the biggest philosophical questions surrounding the collection of unique tokenized assets.

 

 

 

Friday November 13

 

 

From Dartmouth to Singularity. Evolution of AI

Time: 10:00 - 10:35 AM PST | 1:00 - 1:35 PM EST | 7:00 - 7:35 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Christine Paul, Douglas Dodds, Margit Rosen, Lynn Hershman Leeson

Moderator: Georg Bak

 

The term AI (artificial intelligence) first appeared at the Dartmouth conference in 1956 and was subsequently picked up by artists and creative engineers as an artistic method for making art. In those days, artists were using early computers, punch cards and plotters. There were no screens, graphic programs or possibilities to store files. In this panel we will discuss the history and relevance of AI in art. We will spotlight the early beginnings of computer art in the 1960s and some of the pivotal exhibitions such as “Cybernetic Serendipity” at ICA and the New Tendencies movement in Zagreb. We will also look at the present and future where Moore’s Law is predicting posthuman and transhuman scenarios.

 

 

An NFT Strategy for Kusama

 

Time: 1:30 - 2:05 PM PST | 4:30 - 5:05 PM EST | 10:30 - 11:05 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Joshua Mir, Alexander Mitrovich, Shaban Shaame

 

Moderator: Dan Forbes

 

Kusama aims to introduce a non-fungible token (NFT) strategy for Kusama Network, with the goal of allowing users to experiment with non-fungible tokens in art, gaming and other applications. The strategy focuses on implementing NFTs usability first on the relay chain with defined standards, with the support of an NFT Pallet and RMRK.app: two solutions that can be deployed right away if combined with PolkadotAssetJS application.

 

 

Saturday November 14

 

 

The Art of Immersion

Time: 10:00 - 10:35 AM PST | 1:00 - 1:35 PM EST | 7:00 - 7:35 PM CET

Format: Panel Discussion (35 Min)

 

Speakers: Jessica Angel, Allegra Shorto

Moderator: Brian Droitcour

 

In this panel we will discuss the rise of mixed reality in art and the art market. We will explore new technology that is available for artists to produce large-scale immersive installations and artworks in virtual and augmented reality. One of the questions is how the market will change when production and funding of new artworks can be regulated through blockchain technology and the distribution and presentation is merchandised through licensing and ticket sales..

 

 

Decentralizing Power and Resources in the Art World

Time: 11:00 - 10:25 AM PST | 2:00 - 2:25 PM EST | 8:00 - 8:25 PM CET

Format: Keynote Speaker (25 Min)

 

Speaker: Ruth Catlow

 

Ruth Catlow will show how experimental projects in this space are creating transnational cooperative infrastructures, decentralised artforms and practices, and improved systems literacy to playfully address and redress centralisation of power and resources in the artworld.

 

DECAL Decentralised Arts Lab is a Furtherfield initiative that exists to mobilise crowdsourced research and development by leading artists, using blockchain and web 3.0 technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.

 

CultureStake is a web-based voting and connection system for decentralised cultural decision-making and investment. Using quadratic voting on the blockchain, CultureStake’s playful front-end interface allows everyone to vote on the types of cultural activity they would like to see in their locality.

 

 

Sunday November 15

Anchoring this virtual expo is a future physical installation by Jessica Angel. Titled VOXEL BRIDGE, this public artwork is a 34,000 sqft immersive installation that will transform the area underneath Vancouver’s Cambie Street Bridge into a three-layered immersive experience to transport visitors between physical and digital worlds. Working with the vastness of the concrete bridge as a first layer, Angel adds her site-specific installation as a second layer, and completes the experience with an augmented reality integration over the massive artwork as the third and final layer. The installation is slated for completion in Spring 2021and is done in collaboration with the Kusama Network.

 

#ArtProject2020 will be the first of many activations that build on this dialogue, providing a gathering hub for innovators in the fields of sustainability, Augmented Reality, and digital art in public space.

 

“Art is a mobilizing force with the power to bridge seemingly dissimilar worlds, and Voxel Bridge exhibits this capacity. This expo transcends the enjoyment of art into a unifying and experimenting effort, that enables blockchain technology and established art institutions to examine ways of interaction. Join us in the virtual public space, to learn, and to cultivate new forms of participation.”Jessica Angel.

 

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