Art & Blockchain at Lux Future Lab

Works of art inspired by a Blockchain Art Hackathon held in Kyiv, Ukraine were showcased at the Lux Future Lab on 18th May. As well as highlighting creative and technical talent in Ukraine, this event demonstrated one of the many practical uses of blockchain. Each work is tokenised via blockchain as proof of each piece’s authenticity.

In the three-day hackathon held in the Ukranian capital on 6-8 October 2017, 29 artists were introduced to the diverse uses of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. To start, in a day-long seminar, the artists discussed the technology with both enthusiasts and sceptics, including representatives of the business and political world. The next two-days were left free for the creative process, where the artists expressed their vision of the potential future impact of this technology. Prizes were awarded at the culmination of the event, with Anna Bitaeva’s painting “The Beginning” and Astian Rey’s installation “The Harmony of Progress” sharing first place.

The exhibition subsequently went on tour in Ukraine, being show-cased at the national parliament, selected state ministries, leading universities and selected other venues. The visit to Luxembourg was part of a six-country European tour, bringing to the wider world the message about the vibrancy of Ukraine’s technical and artistic scenes. Ukrainian tech firm Blockchain Lab is behind this initiative.

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