Calendar: Panel: NFTs The Next 500 Years

Event Description

While NFTs have dominated the discourse around art this year, everything about them feels opaque. How to obtain, define, and conserve NFTs are still confusing matters for many. To get to the bottom of things PAMM’s Director of Digital Engagement will moderate a panel with artist Sofia Crespo, curator Dr. Tina Rivers Ryan, and Art Blocks CCO Jeff Davis. The panel will discuss how NFTs have changed the practice of digital art, where NFTs sit in the broader tradition of digital art, and where this all might be headed. 

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Simultaneous interpretation into American Sign Language (ASL) will be provided for this panel.
Interpretation will be provided in Kreyol and Spanish via phone line, please have a telephone at hand to call into the interpretation line.
Ap gen entèpretasyon an Kreyòl ak Panyòl sou liy telefòn, tanpri sonje genyen yon telefòn pare, pou w ka rele liy telefòn pou tande entèpretasyon an.
Se proveerá interpretación en Criollo Haitiano y Español por medio de una línea telefónica; por favor tenga un teléfono a mano para llamar a la línea de interpretación.

 

Sofia Crespo is an artist working with a huge interest in biology-inspired technologies. One of her main focuses is the way organic life uses artificial mechanisms to simulate itself and evolve, this implying the idea that technologies are a biased product of the organic life that created them and not a completely separated object. Crespo looks at the similarities between techniques of AI image formation, and the way that humans express themselves creatively and cognitively recognize their world. Her work brings into question the potential of AI in artistic practice and its ability to reshape our understanding of creativity. On the side, she is also hugely concerned with the dynamic change in the role of the artists working with machine learning techniques.  

Jeff Davis serves as the Chief Creative Officer at Art Blocks an NFT platform focused on genuinely programmable on demand generative content that is stored immutably on the Ethereum Blockchain. He is also the founder of Davis Editions, the author of two textbooks, Foundations of Design and Foundations of Color, and an artist who creates abstract work using algorithmic processes. Jeff's work has been exhibited at venues throughout the U.S. He currently lives in Tempe, Arizona with his wife and two children. 

Jay Mollica is the director of digital engagement at the Pérez Art Museum Miami. Before joining PAMM in 2020, he worked as the creative technologist at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art where he led experiments in art and technology and modernized the museum’s digital platforms. His work has been featured in the New York Times, The Today Show and Fast Company. In 2018 he won the Webby Award for best app from a cultural institution for his project Send Me SFMOMA. Jay regularly writes about his work in museums, technology, design, and architecture. He holds a master’s degree in Interactive Media Art from NYU and is currently a visiting fellow at University of Miami’s Institute for Data Science and Computing. 

Tina Rivers Ryan is Assistant Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Her most recent exhibition Difference Machines: Technology and Identity in Contemporary Art (co-curated with Paul Vanouse) featured seventeen artists who explore the role of digital technologies in the production of difference. An art historian by training, Ryan has written extensively on the history of art and technology from the 1960s to the present for museums including The Met, the Walker Art Center, and Pirelli HangarBicocca. She also is an active critic who first wrote about the blockchain in 2016; her essay "Token Gesture," on the meaning of NFTs for the history of digital art more broadly, appeared in the May 2021 issue of Artforum. Ryan holds five degrees in art history, including a BA from Harvard and PhD from Columbia. 

The opinions and views expressed by the panelists are solely those of the presenter, and not necessarily those of PAMM. The presentation is for educational purposes only and does not replace the judgement of independent professionals. Attendees should rely on their own information before acting on anything pertaining to NFTs.