PANEL DISCUSSION | Blockchain and the New Media Art Market
The growing influence of new media in the contemporary art market has led to new forms of selling and collecting digital art. From Blockchain startups to galleries selling artwork as digital editions, digital downloads, or art as subscription (think: Spotify for visual art). In this panel we’ll discuss popular methods for collecting and selling digital art with Mark Lurie, founder and CEO of Codex; Badir McCleary, Assistant Director of The KNOW Contemporary; Antwaun Sargent, writer and art critic; and Kamal Hubbard, a blockchain researcher, blogger, and advisor. The panel will be moderated by Dorothy Santos.
Mark Lurie is founder and CEO of Codex Protocol, a decentralized title registry for the $2 trillion Art & Collectibles asset class. Supported by a large industry consortium, the Codex stores ownership and provenance while ensuring privacy for collectors. At launch, several initial DApps will allow collectors to more easily find what they want, buy at auctions, and ensure authenticity, all with cryptocurrency. The Codex is the first step to achieving a larger and more accessible art and collectibles market.
Badir McLeary is an independent curator, advisor and assistant director of The KNOW Contemporary in Los Angeles. He holds a MA in Arts Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London with an undergraduate degree in Internet Computing from Cabrini University. In 2013, Badir created the art review and critique web space ArtAboveReality.com to focus on the Black and Latino artists in the Art Market. Through dialogue and research, he hopes to educate and introduce collectors to trends and strategies to help build valuable collections. Badir was the Director of Gallery 38 (Los Angeles), a project that produced exhibitions for emerging artists of color in South Los Angeles and helped contribute to several public projects globally, helping artists transform communities through visual aesthetics.
Antwaun Sargent is a writer, and art critic living in New York City. His writing focuses on how art intersects with contemporary identity, culture, and politics. It’s appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Nation, Aperture Magazine, Artsy, VICE Magazine and various museum publications; including “We Are More Than This,” an essay for the Tate Modern on the occasion of the museum’s exhibition, “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” In his current collaboration with Aperture Fund, Sarget is co-curating the 2018 Aperture Summer Open. Additionally, he has lectured and been in dialogue with artists at Atlanta Contemporary, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Brown University, the Brooklyn Museum, Tedx Martha’s Vineyard, and now the MoAD.
Kamal Hubbard is a blockchain researcher, blogger, and advisor. He began his exploration of blockchain technology in 2013 and began advising blockchain projects in 2016 after joining the Tao Network, a blockchain project focused on preserving the rights of musicians. After considerable exploration and collaboration within the music and blockchain industries, Kamal co-founded AltMarket, Inc. under the objective of using blockchain technologies to allow artists, musicians and performers the chance to increase their engagement with music fans while expanding monetization, reducing friction, and eliminating fraud associated with current music funding models. Kamal has also co-founded CageChain Media Group, LLC with the express purpose of quickening wide scale blockchain and cryptocurrency adoption by lowering the learning curve associated with blockchain and shortening the technology gap associated with underserved communities. Kamal is a former Mayoral Appointee to the San Francisco Airport Commission’s Office of Social Responsibility and Community Sustainability. Mr. Hubbard is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) who obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Florida A&M University and a law degree from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law of Texas Southern University. He has served as a member of the board of Sustainable San Mateo County and is the former Chair of the California Unified Certification Program’s ACDBE cluster.
Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer, editor, and curator whose research interests include digital art, computational media, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is currently a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow.
This program is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Digitalia: Art & the Economy of Ideas, on view through August 26, 2018.