In the final instalment of our interview triad spotlighting the creative engineers behind our collaboration with Europe’s leading NFT music marketplace Twelve x Twelve, we chat to the platform’s head of public relations, Julia Beniashvili. In the exchange below, Beniashvili breaks down the rise of digitally certified ownership from a consumer, a fan, and a mass-phenomenon perspective — looking at why the accelerated mainstreaming and expansion of the NFT niche is one of the cultural zeitgeist’s most promising developments, busting the myth of the blockchain-powered tool as a crypto-elitist whim.
In our second instalment of the interview series digging into our collaboration with NFT music marketplace Twelve x Twelve, we chat to Jan Denecke, the platform’s co-founder, CEO, and a copyright and intellectual property law expert. Denecke untangles the legally groundbreaking potential of the NFT boom, for both creator and purchaser, in an era of famously complicated relationships between artist and output.
This past year, the challenges posed by the pandemic came coupled with several opportunities for fresh thinking. This has, in our methods, processes and output, taken the form of a new understanding of cultural production as open, modular and fluid. The Hybrid Culture worldview and creative approach have seen us through the worst of times for the live event industry. It has made us realize that the “normal” is dead — and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. How can our creativity adjust to a lasting, if not permanent, cultural shift?
In our last interview with Creative Director Michael Masberg on interdisciplinary storytelling, we briefly touched on the fact that European Capitals of Culture (ECOC) change rather slowly. Now, Michael takes us further in having a closer look at the causes and posing two central questions: How can cultural institutions be beacons of digital transformation? And what potential do interdisciplinary collaborations have to address an audience that already lives digitally? In doing so, he will not only look at ECOCs, but expand our view to other cultural institutions such as theatres and museums. The focus here, however, is primarily on Germany.
As previously raised by Brendan Shelper, CEO of battleROYAL, and Nancy Braun, Director of the European Capital of Culture Esch2022, the central question of the initial concept for the Esch2022 Launch was: How can we build the crescendo for a societal momentum that takes a region’s population over the threshold into a new era? Or, in the words of Moloko: How can we “make this moment last”? Our answer: Rituals.
- Shaping Europe’s Future Frequencies: a conversation with workshop mentors Frank Wiedemann and Matthew Herbert
- “Mainstreaming should be the goal”: the NFT phenomenon from a consumer’s perspective
- What does the NFT boom mean for the legal rights of artists and buyers?
- How can NFTs enhance the hybrid experience?
- Future Frequencies: Are you the artisan of tomorrow’s experimental soundscape?