18:30 - 18:40Welcome by Diane Drubay + Daud Zulfacar
18:40 - 18:50Activation by Stina Gustafsson
18:50 - 19:45Panel Discussion: George Vitale, Albert Barqué-Duran, Jantine Derksen + Stina Gustafsson
19:45 - 20:00Q&A
Albert Barqué-Duran, PhD, is an artist and researcher, Lecturer in Creative Technologies and Digital Art and Honorary Research Fellow at City, University of London. He has been recently an artist in residence at Sónar+D and Factory Berlin.
Albert earned his PhD and Postdoc in Cognitive Science and has been a Visiting Postgraduate Researcher at Harvard University and University of Oxford. He leads projects at the intersection of art, science and technology with the aims of: (1) finding novel formats of generating artistic and scientific knowledge; (2) reflecting about contemporary and futuristic issues and its cultural implications; (3) creating powerful experiences to push the boundaries of human perception.
Jantine Derksen is the director of TZ Connect, a hub for the Tezos blockchain in Berlin. She studied history and fine arts and holds a master in business administration.
She has been active in the blockchain space for several years as she believes blockchain technology will help to redistribute power and empower the creative nature of human beings.
Diane Drubay has been working towards the transformation of museums as people and purpose-driven agents since 2007. She is the founder of We Are Museums, a community-led think tank composed of museum professionals acting for the good of people and the Planet.
She is the initiator of various communities, events and programmes guiding museums through change. In her artistic practice, Diane expresses her vision of nature-infused futures through photography and video art. Diane has also co-lead the Artists Circle of Factory Berlin since 2019.
Stina Gustafsson is a curator and strategist working within arts and culture. She specialises in digital narratives and nascent technologies in the art world. She is currently working as the Creative Director for the new online exhibition platform Softspot and as a curator for the Museum of Contemporary Digital Art.
In her spare time, she leads the art initiative for the Department of Decentralization/ETHBerlin, for which she has ideated, curated and produced several exhibitions, educational events and reports on the intersection of blockchain and art. During her career, she’s worked with a wide variety of cultural and arts organisations and companies, such as Organisation für die Demokratisierung der Bildenden Kunst (ODBK), future research agency Future Foundation, and artists such as Arvida Bystörm, Sebastian Schmieg and Sarah Friend.
George Vitale is the founder of Synthesis Gallery, an artistic director, exhibition maker and speaker based in Berlin. His area of focus is the impact of technology and the digital on society, through the lens of art and the artist’s eyes.
In 2017 he founded the first VR-based art gallery called synthesis. synthesis is an immersive blend of technology and art displayed under one roof, showcasing cutting-edge experiences by new wave artists and visionaries through virtual reality. Pieces are displayed through different media: tangible and traditional art forms intermingle with Oculus and Vive headsets. In synthesis’ first three years, the gallery has produced more than fifteen exhibitions of digital art in Berlin and abroad and has participated in several art festivals such as re:publica and Transmediale.
Daud Zulfacar is one of the founders of license.rocks using decentralized technologies to build the #futureoflicensing. He formerly served as a software product manager, in a role that saw him work across several business silos.
A serial entrepreneur and devoted networker, Daud has launched startups in a variety of sectors, including community, design, fashion, food and proptech. Daud is a co-founder of Factory Berlin’s Blockchain Brunch, a hub for networking in the capital’s nascent crypto scene, and an active supporter of Berlin Blockchain Week as well as a founding member of BerChain e.V.