[spectre] NEW BOOK! Surfing with Satoshi - Art, Blockchain and NFTs by Domenico Quaranta

Marcela Okretič marcela at aksioma.org
Mon May 9 17:04:57 CEST 2022

Dear friends,

we are very happy to announce the launch of the English translation of Domenico
Quaranta's book:

*Surfing with Satoshi*

*Art, Blockchain and NFTs*


Release date: 25 May 2022

*PREVIEW <https://aksioma.org/pdf/SurfingWithSatoshi_excerpt.pdf>*

Limited edition of 300 copies

*PREORDER **HERE <https://form.jotform.com/211172647049354>! *

*Free shipping for pre-orders until 25 May 2022*

The craze for Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) that erupted in early 2021 thrust
the art world into the debate on the blockchain, the decentralised public
ledger that holds these tokens, as well as cryptocurrencies, and promises
to make “verifiable digital scarcity” a reality. Born out of the 2008
financial crisis and seen by many as the cornerstone of a new, more
private, more secure Web3, the blockchain has changed the global economy
and is now reshaping the digital environment in which art is increasingly
being created, distributed and exchanged.

Written by art critic and curator *Domenico Quaranta* amidst an explosion
of technological hype and a speculative frenzy, and originally published in
Italian by Postmedia Books, *Surfing with Satoshi *sets the promise of the
NFT market in a historical context, investigating the technologies it is
based on, the role of certificates and contracts in contemporary art, and
the evolution of the media art market over the last thirty years.

Riding the wave of the ongoing debate, the book tackles a series of as yet
open questions, including:

   - What does art have to do with the blockchain?
   - Does it make sense to talk about “Crypto Art”, and if so what can be
   said to define it, apart from the way it is traded?
   - Is speculation the be-all and end-all of this trend?
   - How on earth can an infinitely reproducible digital file be deemed
   - Will the blockchain’s promise of disintermediation destroy the art
   world as we know it?
   - How is the art world reacting to the situation?
   - Are NFTs an opportunity for artists or a scam perpetrated against them?
   - Who are the collectors willing to pay millions for a certificate of
   authenticity? Why are they doing it?
   - Why do the visual arts seem to have acquired such a central role in
   the crypto economy?

Author: Domenico Quaranta

Editor: Janez Fakin Janša

Translator: Anna Carruthers

Design and layout: Federico Antonini, Alessio D'Ellena

Format: 10.5 x 16.7 cm

Pages: 376

Colour and B/W images

Language: EN

ISBN: 978-961-7173-12-3

*Published by:*

Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana

Represented by: Marcela Okretič


aksioma at aksioma.org

*Supported by:*

The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, the City of Ljubljana
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