NFTs & Artists
with Nato Thompson
The arts are suddenly awash in NFTs and the impact will certainly only grow. There are those that hate them, there are those that adore them, but NFTs, like any technology in the arts, are not inherently good or evil, but tools that depend on a vast array of forces to determine their outcome and response. This course is a combination of workshop, lecture, discussions and visiting guests in the field, as Nato Thompson digs into the ever evolving world of non-fungible tokens. Artists will be introduced to new techniques being utilized to expand the audience, produce generative art, deploy a variety of smart contracts, and think through the various platforms currently out there. The course will workshop NFT projects as well as hear from artists, DAOs and other players in this ever emerging digital landscape.
July 6th - August 17th
12:30 pm-3 pm EST
Nato Thompson is an author, curator, and what he describes as “cultural infrastructure builder”. He has worked as Artistic Director at Philadelphia Contemporary, and Creative Time as Artistic Director and Curator at MASS MoCA.
Thompson organized major Creative Time projects including The Creative Time Summit (2009–2015), Pedro Reyes’ Doomocracy (2016), Kara Walker’s A Subtlety (2014), Living as Form (2011), Trevor Paglen’s The Last Pictures (2012), Paul Ramírez Jonas’s Key to the City (2010), Jeremy Deller’s It is What it is (2009, with New Museum curators Laura Hoptman and Amy Mackie), Democracy in America: The National Campaign (2008), and Paul Chan’s Waiting for Godot in New Orleans (2007), among others.
He has written two books of cultural criticism, Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the 21st Century (2015) and Culture as Weapon: The Art of Influence in Everyday Life (2017). He founded the Alternative Art School in 2020.
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