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Published: 01 March 2018

200 Pages | 40 color illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9780993248740

Bookseller Code (06)

Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain

Edited by Marc Garrett, Ruth Catlow, Sam Skinner, and Nathan Jones

Liverpool University Press

  • Artists Re:thinking the Blockchain responds to an urgent need to explore the implications of the technology for art by bringing together artists and cultural researchers who are all deeply engaged with the subject.
  • A new proto-blockchain artwork by Prof Chris Speed and the Design Informatics Department at Edinburgh University will be embedded throughout the book (using machine/app readable matrix barcode for print version) enabling readers to 'like' different parts of the book, sub-linked to a financial trading algorithm, and build their own financial portfolio, creating a playfully interactive and direct experience of blockchain technology.
  • The book is co-edited by Sam Skinner and Nathan Jones, continuing their innovative 'Torque' series of books produced in collaboration with FACT that explore interactions between new forms of technology and publishing and the arts, and Ruth Catlow and Marc Garret of Furtherfield, London ( and their ArtDataMoney programme.
  • The project has also benefitted from a grant for the The Cultural Capital Exchange (HEFCE and ACE) programme to develop the project and content, and an additional grant from Arts Council England, which will support launch events at FACT, Furtherfield and LSE, London.
  • Many of the contributions to the collection, from Rob Myers diagrams to Elli Kurus' historical contextualisation, will serve as clear entry points to the subject for a diverse readership. More experimental artworks such as Txtblock or Plantoid put the blockchain to work and allow readers unusual views of the technology, and vice vera of what art can be.

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