Crypto art and questions of value: a review of emergent issues

Eva Nieto Mcavoy, Jenny Kidd

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This discussion paper offers an introductory overview of and reference guide to crypto art, including how it is supported by non-fungible tokens (NFTs). It is intended to inform researchers, those working in cultural institutions in the public, private or non-profit sectors, and artists who wish to better understand what is at stake as blockchain technologies and logics are introduced within arts and cultural contexts. We present a number of key emergent debates about crypto art in relation to [1] its value, [2] business models [3] scarcity, authenticity and ownership, [4] sustainability, [5] collections, storage and archives, and [6] hybridity. Although not wholly new considerations within arts and culture, technological developments and the intensification of crypto art's appeal within the consumer market mean these debates are likely to escalate in the short to medium term. The paper concludes with recommendations for further research, and a full reference list as a resource for anyone wanting to know more.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
PublisherAHRC Policy and Evidence Centre
ISBN (Electronic)9781913095741
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2022

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