Are you using blockchain / NFT in your trade? Do you believe that those tools can save the art world?
I, personally, am not using any blockchain technologies through Silicon Valet, and, honestly, I’m unsure whether they can save the art world.
On the one hand, distributed ledger systems help to secure provenance and ensure that artists receive royalties every time their works are sold. This is great! At the same time, though, many blockchain technologies are non-sustainable. Every Ethereum transaction, for instance, requires 25 kilowatts of energy. That’s a lot of energy! For something to truly save the art world, it needs to be a system that is that is not only both environmentally friendly and transparent, but empowers makers.
Right now, I find blockchain systems to still be somewhat opaque, unsustainable, and in the hands of dealers and gallerists. I say opaque, because even though tokenized systems are trackable, their mechanisms are largely obscure for the uninitiated and technologically unsavvy.
One of the reasons why I use Instagram to showcase artwork is because, even though the platform is problematic in so many ways, most folks with a smartphone know how to use it. It’s easy, it’s accessible, and folks understand the visual logic immediately because it is so embedded in our contemporary visual digital culture.