Kia ora koutou katoa,
please find below the up-to-date programme for MoneyLab #12 Wellington: Viral
Tokenization, now with added links for connecting remotely via Zoom.
Also note several additions to the programme in the bottom section labelled 'Community
Call-In', and as mentioned previously you are still welcome to submit lightning talks
or other short presentation styles for the Saturday 5 June session starting at 5pm
(for international/online visitors: please note all times listed are in GMT+12)
Friday 4 June exhibition opening programme:
(212 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington)
Zoom link: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/96769071368
6pm-6:30pm – Welcome (exhibition tour)
6:30pm-6:50pm – MoneyLab #12 introduction with Geert Lovink
6:55pm-7:15pm – p0.nz/i gallery introduction with Walter Langelaar
7:20pm-7:40pm – presentation + demo by Ben Nolan of CryptoVoxels
7:45pm-8:05 – performance/presentation by Fabio Morreale
8:15pm-9pm – live Vaporwave by Marika Pratley and CryptoVoxels VJ-ing by ₘₒₕᵢₙᵢ
Twitch Live Stream from CryptoVoxels from 8:15pm onwards:
with works on show in the exhibition by Billy Rennekamp, ₘₒₕᵢₙᵢ 🐢 OoakosiMo, Roman Mitch,
Neurocolor and more!
Saturday 5 June conference programme:
(139 Vivian Street, Te Aro, Wellington + Zoom)
Zoom link: https://vuw.zoom.us/j/92597628543
9:30am-10am – Welcome (mingling/networking)
10am-10:30am – MoneyLab #12 intros with Geert Lovink & Denise Thwaites
10:30am-12pm – Non-Fungible Token-isms; moderated by Walter Langelaar
12pm-1pm – lunch
1pm-2:30pm – The Token-conditional Social; moderated by Jennifer Ferreira
2:30-4pm – Māori/Indigenous Self-Sovereign Identity, and other protocol; moderated by
4pm-4:30 – discussion
4:30pm-5pm – coffee break
5pm-6:30pm – Community call-in session, lightning talks and short interventions
6:30pm-7:30pm – Closing (mingling/networking)
MoneyLab #12 Wellington: Viral Tokenization
After much hype and the global ‘tokenize everything’ attitudes of recent months, what’s
left to discuss concerning NFTs?
Moving on from common misconceptions regarding electricity usage and rampant tech bro
portrayals of a ‘future artworld’, this panel seeks to further examine practical use-cases
from ‘crypto art’ aesthetics and culture, and its underlying set of technologies that is
now driving ever more platform-capitalist centralisation as well as a thriving new
‘creative’ underground with a Web3 fetish.
What affordances do the technologies under discussion provide when concepts such as ‘proxy
contracts’, ‘liquidity pool mining’ and ‘bonding curve sale’ mechanisms enter the
vocabulary and (NFT-)toolkits of artistic practice, and to what end do such concepts
sustainably manifest themselves in an aesthetic preoccupied with financialization and
networked performance metrics?
A panel with Eric Barry Drasin, Fabio Morreale, and Alex Smith, moderated by Walter
The Token-conditional Social.
Communities have always experimented with new forms of exchange, such as issuing their own
currencies outside of governments and banks, to take ownership of and strive for
environmental, ethical, economic, and social outcomes that are meaningful to them.
Today we are seeing increasing momentum behind Web3 (or decentralised web), bringing
grassroots community organising into direct contact with blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and
As a result, initiatives such as timebanks, mutual credit networks, local currencies, and
others are grappling with these technological possibilities and their impacts on value
exchange, data governance, and community structures.
Against this evolving technological backdrop, there is a need to reevaluate and explore
community-level meanings of governance, identity, permanence, trust, and fairness.
This panel brings together Helen Dew, Mark Pascall, Robert Kirkby, and Dmitriy Ageyev,
moderated by Jennifer Ferreira.
Māori/Indigenous Self-Sovereign Identity, and other protocol.
As our nearing post-COVID realities pose yet another critical turn and opportunity for
national governments to propose/impose far reaching implementation of technical
infrastructure, in order to facilitate ideas surrounding ‘vaccine passports’ and further
tokenised identity management (such as SSI), we are increasingly confronted with narrow
and decontextualised notions of ‘autonomy’ and ‘sovereignty’ originating from the
(blockchain/DLT) startup/tech sector.
This panel brings together a group of researchers and practitioners working in the
periphery of initiatives such as Te Mana Raraunga – Māori Data Sovereignty Network, and
elaborates an indigenous world view on cultural engagement strategies through
sociotechnical protocol and Tikanga Māori, to share its practice across various projects
for further knowledge transference and discussion.
The panel includes Kevin Shedlock, Kaye-Maree Dunn, Billie Lythberg, Mile Thompson, and
Steve Reeves, moderated by Songyi Lee.
MONEYLAB COMMUNITY CALL-IN: Across the Timezones
with confirmed presentations by:
Molly Mullen on the Disruptive Technologies and Value Co-creation in the Arts research
group at Auckland University
Joshua Vial from Enspiral Dev Academy on the recently founded (Wellington-based) Crypto
Pedro Victor Brandão on the Acerola Fund, dedicated to acquisition of non-fungible tokens
created by artists in the global south.
++ more TBA !
MoneyLab #12 Wellington will have two moments in its programme for further, ad-hoc
community engagement, and we invite you to come in and present your project or announce
special events and connect with the conference audience on the Saturday via Zoom or
similar (5 June, 5pm GMT+12).
Showing up in-person is of course also an option :)
If interested, please contact Walter via walter.langelaar(a)vuw.ac.nz for more
Victoria University of Wellington
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