Saturday, November 19, 2022, 10:30am - 12:30pm

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Artworldbuilding is a symposium to consider new organizations and institutional changes prompted by blockchain and Web3. Two 40-minute panel conversations will shape the event: the first will approach these topics from the perspective of new institutional formations spawned through decentralized technology, and the second panel will discuss adaptations by legacy organizations to these new technologies. The first panel, Spawning, will be introduced and moderated by Sarah Friend, adjunct instructor, and the second panel, Adapting, will be introduced and moderated by João Enxuto, adjunct instructor. Both are currently co-teaching a course in The Cooper Union School of Art on art and blockchain. A topic of consideration for both panels will be the potential uses of blockchain technologies in current arts higher education.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees must show proof of vaccination. Masks are encouraged

Brian Droitcour (Outland)
Austin Robey (Metalabel / Ampled / Unnamed Fund)
Yana Sosnovskaya (Zora)
Panel moderated by Sarah Friend

Amy Whitaker (NYU)
Nato Thompson (Artwrld / Alternative Art School)
Christiana Ine-Kimba Boyle (Pace Verso)
Panel moderated by João Enxuto


Located in the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.