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NFTs and their Impact on Art Creation, Curation, and Commerce

Juli 21 - Juli 23

NFT Documenta

Over the last couple of years, Non-Fungible Tokens stormed into the creation of arts and, even more so, the art market. New forms of visual arts have developed, and existing artworks are increasingly represented by NFTs. Some of them gain outraging prices. Nevertheless, the general comprehension of what exactly NFTs are, how they influence the creation of visual art, what their legal effects are and should be, and how they affect incentives and values in art markets is far from complete. The conference assembles artists, lawyers, and economists from outstanding institutions to discuss these issues.


Thursday, July 21st

19:30 Pre-Conference Dinner (active participants only)

Friday, July 22nd, Morning Session

Describing and Understanding NFTs in General – but with a Particular Perspective on NFTs in Arts (Moderator: Rosa Menkman, Kunsthochschule Kassel)

09:00 – 09:30 Welcoming Address and Introduction to the Conference

09:30 – 10:15 The Central Pillars of the NFT Ecosystem: Goals, Aims and Opportunities
Casey Reas, Artist, Creator of the Processing Programming Language, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Design Media Arts

10:15 – 11:00 Technical Background of NFTs (Including the Links between Real-world Objects and NFTs on a Blockchain)
Regina Harsanyi, Time-Based Media Specialist, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

11:30 – 12:15 NFTs and Sustainability
Roman Beck, Head of the European Blockchain Center, IT University of Copenhagen

12:15 Lunch

Friday, July 22nd, Afternoon Session

Perspectives from Arts

(Moderators: Mi You, documenta Institut, and Joel Baumann, Kunsthochschule Kassel)

13:15 – 14:00 NFTs from the Perspective of the Philosophy of Art
Marina Vishmidt, Writer, Editor and Critic, Goldsmiths, University of London, currently Rudolf Arnheim Guest Professor at Humboldt University Berlin (Art and Visual History Department)

14:00 – 14:45 NFTs from the Perspective of Artists
Ruth Catlow, Artist-Theorist and Curator, Director of the Furtherfield Gallery, London

15:15 – 16:00 Organizational Aesthetics in NFT DAOs
Pekko Koskinen, Chief of Products at Economic Space Agency, Helsinki

16:00 – 16:45 Cultural Protocols: Museums and/as Blockchains
Tina Rivers Ryan, Researcher, Curator, Art Historian and Critic, Albright–Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York

17:00 – 18:30 Panel Discussion (Moderators: Rosa Menkman and Mi You): Values of Art and NFTs
(Including Perspectives from Economics and the Law) with the Speakers of this Session and:
Jan Hemming, Professor for Systematic Musicology, University of Kassel

19:30 Conference Dinner (active participants only)

Saturday, July 23rd, Morning Session

Perspectives from Law and from Economics
(Moderator: Georg von Wangenheim, University of Kassel – blockchain-center.eu)

09:00 – 09:45 What Rights can NFTs represent? Do NFTs Strengthen or Weaken Creators‘ Rights? – A Critical Jurist’s View
Edmund Schuster, London School of Economics and Political Science

09:45 – 10:30 Effects of NFTs on Arts from an Economic Perspective: Incentives, De- and Re- Intermediatization
Primavera De Filippi, Legal Scholar, Internet Activist and Artist with a Focus on Blockchain, Berkman Center for Internet & Society Research, Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston

10:45 – 11:30 NFTs and their Values in Art Markets
Francesco Angelini, Cultural Economist, University of Bologna

11:30 – 12:45 Panel Discussion (Moderator: Björn Frank, University of Kassel, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management (tbd)):
The Market for NFT Art Works (Including Perspectives from Arts) with the Speakers of this Session (and others joining)

12:45 Closing Remarks

13:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Guided Tour to documenta fifteen (Fridericianum) and Discussion with Cem A., Artist and Curator (active participants only)

Participation in the conference is upon invitation only. A small number of seats for attending presentations and panel discussions is available. If you are interested to attend, please contact the organizers of the conference by e-mail.

Jointly presented by:


Juli 21
Juli 23


Blockchain Center
Kunsthochschule Kassel
documenta Archiv
documenta Institut


Kunsthochschule Kassel
Menzelstraße 13–15
Kassel, Hessen 34121 Deutschland
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