Blockchain, a continuously growing list of records, has turned the techno-world on its head. And not only. The art world seems just as captivated by these linked blocks, especially in Ukraine.
The first ever Blockchain Art Hackathon happened here in Kyiv back in October 2017, with a second planned for this autumn. First, however, Blockchain Lab founder Stanislav Podyachev and Blockchain Art U2Europe director Uliana Pereskotska, will take this fresh new project out for a spin; they’re headed for a number of European capitals to see what mileage their new brainchild gets.
The idea is to have presentations by Ukrainian Blockchain companies and startups, exhibitions of pieces that feature Blockchain “inside”, and local artists who will continue, or “fork”, works already started by those in Ukraine. “Art Fork is a unique cultural art action that will take place in Paris, Prague, and Amsterdam. Local artists will have an opportunity to fork pieces by Ukrainian artists, creating something new in the process,” says Pereskotska.
Because science and technology are often constricted by standards and norms, Podyachev is excited about this project as it provides “an opportunity to discover the world by using a different approach. In cooperation with leaders and businesspeople, we are creating an environment to crash test ideas”.
Astian Rey is a local artist who took part in the initial Hackathon in 2017, creating a piece that looked at Blockchain from space. “I will admit, I did not fully understand the practical interconnection between the worlds of finance and art,” says Rey. He was not averse to discovering the link however and has since come to see Blockchain as a “vector of progress”. He continues: “Modern people need live contact with the virtual world as never before – art has become this missing chain of connection.”
Stay up-to-date on the project at Facebook blockchainart.
For the past three years, the largest national holiday in Ukraine – Independence Day – has combined with concerts by Okean Elzy. Kharkiv, Odesa, and Lviv marked the occasion with the Ukrainian super-group in previous years. This year, it was Kyiv’s turn. Okean Elzy has previously appeared at the biggest stadium in Kyiv twice: the […]
They opened with much fanfare, but one key factor was overlooked. The 21st century upgrade to the stairs between Peizazhna Alley (Landscape Alley) and the Honchari-Kozhumyaki area leading to Andriivsky Descent was unveiled by Mayor Vitali Klitschko in July. He and other city officials lauded the opening, which – like an 80’s American TV show […]
As Ukraine moves further away from its post-Soviet past, Conversely, we look at how best to experience it before its gone For those who don’t know, the electrichka is a very slow, very uncomfortable, local train teeming with interesting stories and fascinating characters. It’s like you have a front row seat to a Ukrainian sitcom […]
A hat is still much more than a piece of clothing. It is the most noticeable accessory anyone can wear. Madonna emphasised the significance of this item even more as she graced the cover of the August issue of Vogue Italia donning stylish headwear – tailor-made by promising Ukrainian designer, Lviv-born Ruslan Baginskiy. Before the […]