Radical Friends DAO Summit


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The Online Summit Radical Friends discusses the value of and pathways to peer-produced decentralised digital infrastructures for art, culture and society. It aims to create a new environment for mutual aid and solidarity in the cultural sector. By bringing together ground-breaking players from the cultural sector and decentralised peer-to-peer technologists, the summit explores how traditional organisational patterns can be transformed through decentralised autonomous organisations (DAOs) enabled by blockchain technology.

The 6,5-hour program includes lectures, panel discussions and concerts as well as hybrid talk and body-work formats. Throughout the event, the participants are invited to discuss, analyse, and map the obstacles, opportunities, and implications of progressive, decentralised organisations and automation in the art world.

Lightning Talks by Kei Kreutler, Rhea Meyers, Primavera di Filippi and Alana Kushnir offer space for dialogue. During the summit, four prototypes will be presented and the audience will collectively award a development grant funded by the Goethe-Institut.

Radical Friends is curated by Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty in dialogue with Sarah Johanna Theurer and Julia Pfeiffer. Participants include James Whipple (eea; M.E.S.H.), OMSK Social Club, Jaya Klara Brekke, Harm Van Den Dorpel, Cem Dagdelen, Aude Launay, Sarah Friend, Laura Lotti and Calum Bowden (Black Swan), Bhavisha Panchia and Carly Whitaker (Covalence Studios), Nicolay Spesivtsev and Dzina Zhuk (eeefff), Massimiliano Mollona (Ensembl), as well as Ashley Lee Wong and Andrew Crowe (MetaObjects).

The summit is part of the Goethe-Institut project “Lockdown Lessons”. It searches for answers on what can be learned from the Covid-19 crisis on a global scale concerning social, technological, postcolonial and civil society concerns.

Radical Friends presents results from the DAOWO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisations with Others) project, co-founded by the Goethe-Institut London and Furtherfield. DAOWO is a transnational collaborative network that has been bringing together leading international institutions and communities from the arts and technology for three years to question the advantages and disadvantages of blockchain technologies for art, culture and society from a local perspective.

Please note this event is in English language as well as British Sign Language.


Here you can find a glossary of some of the terms that are often used when discussing Web 3 and its applications.


10.00 CET Body Work
Omsk Social Club

10.10 CET Introduction by the Curators Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty

10.25 CET Welcome + Reflection on “Future Institutions” by Andrea Lissoni (Artistic Director, Haus der Kunst) and Johannes Ebert (Secretary General Goethe-Institut) 

10.40 CET Keynote by Jaya Klara Brekke
Followed by a Q&A 

11.40 CET Panel - Potentialities of DAOs in the Artworld and Beyond 
Harm Van Den Dorpel, Cem Dagdelen, James Whipple, Aude Launay - moderated by Sarah Johanna Theurer Followed by a Q&A

12:40 CET Break 

13.00 CET Body Work
Omsk Social Club

13:10 CET CultureStake - Collective Cultural Decision-Making using Quadratic Voting on the Blockchain
presented by Ruth Catlow and Sarah Friend Please register here to join the CultureStake vote for the Artworld DAO prototype you would fund. 

13.30 CET DAO-Prototypes
Black Swan (Berlin)
Followed by a Q&A + Bodywork

Ensembl (Hong Kong)
Followed by a Q&A + Bodywork

Covalence Studios (Johannesburg)
Followed by a Q&A + Bodywork

eeefff (Minsk)
Followed by a Q&A + Bodywork

14.50 CET Music + Voting

15.10 CET What Do We Learn from the Vote? 

15.25 CET Lightning Talks by:
Kei Kreutler, Alana Kushnir, Primavera de Filippi and Rhea Myers Each followed by a Discussion on Discord

16.35 CET Outro by the Curators 
And an invitation to continue the conversation on Discord