LAS partners with Black Swan DAO initiative

Hackathon at KW Institute for Contemporary Art

16 Jul 2021

Can the traditional templates of the art world be challenged?

LAS partners with the Black Swan DAO initiative as a platform that engages the arts and its community through collaborative practices. The partnership will enable the development of digital toolkits through an app that strives to put forth new ways of working together.

Black Swan is a Berlin-based collective pursuing horizontal and decentralized approaches to the traditional art world templates for art making. Through peer support, artist-led funding and community organizing, they place resources into the hands of the users rather than the art institutions.

Black Swan is developing digital toolkits for artists through a methodology that puts play at the centre. Existing communities of creative practitioners are invited to test and experiment with forms of interaction, modes of organization, and sustainable economic models in role-playing events, working groups, and hackathons. Through play, Black Swan is building an open-source and interoperable protocol for artistic communes, which will enable collaborative institutional forms and allow for a redefinition of what art can be. Launching in 2022, the Black Swan DAO aims to become a translocal and mutable source for distributing resources and value differently across interdependent art worlds.


Black Swan

Established in 2018, Black Swan works towards a utopian and conspiratorial edge in thinking about the practice of art, daring to see an alternative to current institutional frameworks. By deploying advanced technologies and organizational forms Black Swan pursues interdependent and interoperable art worlds held together by radical friendship and sustainable economics.Black Swan is currently maintained by Laura Lotti, Penny Rafferty, Calum Bowden, and Leith Benkhedda.

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