In this session we will celebrate the web as an artistic space: to create, to show, to learn, to reflect and to criticise. We will focus on NFT platforms and the metaverse, and how they are already an integral part of the new art ecosystems. We will answer questions (or at least we will try) about sustainability, both economic and ecological: Do these virtual spaces present new opportunities for artists to make money with their work?, What is the environmental cost of digital art and its market?, and above all: How do we build robust creative and technologic ecosystems where both the artist's practice and the environmental impact are sustainable?
We will chat with two artists and a curator and researcher: Sofia Crespo, Joanie Lemercier and Victoria Ivanova, strategic R+D Lead at Serpentine Galleries.
Sofia Crespo is known for her "neural art" and for her landscapes and artificial creatures created with help of artificial intelligence and inspired in nature and life, very early on she started mining NFTs.
Joanie Lemercier doesn't need many presentations, the visual artist and environmental activist, has been one of the voices that in recent years has questioned the sustainability of digital art.
Victoria Ivanova, curator, writer and strategic consultant, is Strategic R+D Lead at Serpentine Galleries (London), and editor of Future Art Ecosystems, an annual report published by the gallery.