Book Launch Radical Friends Book Launch

Radical Friends Banner © Ruth Catlow

Thu, 14.07.2022


Serpentine Gallery

"Radical Friends is an urgent book for the 21st Century and beyond. It shows us, in the spirit of the legendary poet and artist Etel Adnan, that the technology of the future needs to be about “togetherness, not separation. Love, not suspicion. A common future, not isolation.” - Hans Ulrich Obrist

Blockchain Lab, Ruth Catlow and writer Penny Rafferty, editors of this new book, in exploring Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs) and their potential in the arts.

In recent years DAOs have been heralded as a powerful stimulus for reshaping how value systems for interdependence and cooperation manifest themselves in arts organising. Radical Friends – Decentralised Autonomous Organisations and the Arts comprises 5 years of research consolidated as a toolkit for fierce thinking and new forms of radical care and connectivity that move beyond the established systems of centralised control in the art industry and wider financial systems.

At a time when so many are focused on NFTs, this book refocuses attention on DAOs as potentially the most radical blockchain-based technology for the arts in the long-term. Contributors engage both past and emergent methodologies for building resilient and mutable systems for mutual aid. Collectively, the book aims to evoke and conjure new imaginative communities, and to share the practices and blueprints for the vehicles to get there.

Select readings from the text will be presented by Editors Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty, followed by contributors including Sam Spike, Kei Kreutler, Calum Bowden, Jaya Klara Brekke , and live Q+A from the audience. The book follows Furtherfield and Torque Editions ground-breaking book Artists Re:Thinking the Blockchain.

Please note: Doors open at 7:00pm. Panel starts at 7:15pm.