The Art of Blockchains

Hosted by
Adam Lindemann

ADAM LINDEMANN
OUR HOST

Adam Lindemann is an investor, entrepreneur and art collector known for identifying value potential across multiple asset classes, from early-stage technology to media to contemporary art. As President of Lindemann Capital, a role he has occupied for over 20 years, Adam has made strategic investments in broadcasting, VC and real estate. As an art collector and gallerist, he is known for setting multiple world records at auctions, including career records for Jeff Koons and Jean-Michel Basquiat, among others.

Adam has written extensively on art, including the best-selling Collecting Contemporary Art and Collecting Design, both for the publishing house Taschen, as well as a popular art world column for the New York Observer. He is the founder of Venus Over Manhattan, an influential gallery devoted to mounting historic and contemporary exhibitions. He founded a Grammy Award-winning record label, and was the CEO of Mega Communications of New York, LLC, a radio broadcasting company that owned and operated Spanish-language stations across the United States. Earlier in his career, Adam served as Senior Vice President on the arbitrage desk at Oppenheimer & Co., and was the Vice Chairman of Southern Union Gas, a $3 billion energy company listed on the NYSE. His current early-stage investments are focused on blockchain technology-based innovations in the art world, which will facilitate ownership and engage new collectors in the art market.

Dan Long
ARTBLX, Co-Founder & CEO

Dan Long has been in the blockchain space for over four years and is a finance investment professional with over 13 years as a structurer, proprietary trader, fund manager, and technologist across a vast array of assets. More recently, he co-founded PeerIQ, a technology platform for alternative lending. Previously, he was a portfolio manager at Resource America and a proprietary trader at Barclays Capital. He began his career structuring credit derivatives and asset-backed securities at Barclays Capital. He has collected art for over 15 years and has lent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), The Morgan Library & Museum (New York), The Nasher Sculpture Center (Dallas), The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), The Royal Academy of Arts (London), The Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien (Vienna), The Fondazione Prada (Milan), and the Museo Reina Sofia (Madrid). He holds an M.A. in Philosophy (Mathematical Logic) from Stanford University, was a Ph.D. candidate in Mathematics and Computer Science at Université de Paris 7 - Denis Diderot, and holds Dual B.A.s in Mathematics and in Philosophy with Dual Honors from the University of California, Berkeley.

Emmanuel Aidoo
Credit Suisse, Head of Distributed Ledger Strategy

Emmanuel Aidoo is responsible for leading distributed ledger technology efforts for the Global Markets division of Credit Suisse. Emmanuel joined Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette in 1997 from Caspian Securities as the EMEA IT Head for Emerging Markets. He remained with CS after DLJ was acquired in August 2000, and has held a variety of senior roles including Global Head of Debt Capital Markets Technology, Global Head of Leverage Finance Technology, and Global Head of Solutions Delivery before leading Credit Suisse’s distributed ledger technology efforts since 2014. He is Chair of SIFMA’s Blockchain Round Table and a Board Member of the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance. Emmanuel studied Computer Science at Brunel University in West London.

Anne Bracegirdle
Christie's, Associate Vice President and Specialist

Anne Bracegirdle is an Associate Vice President and Specialist in Christie's Photographs Department. She co-organized Christie’s inaugural Art+Tech Summit in July 2017 which focused on blockchain. Anne has ten years of experience at Christie's and received her Master's degree in The History of Photography at Sotheby's Institute of Art. Anne is dedicated to progressing the art market's blockchain strategy, as well as Christie’s Art+Tech initiative. She is an advisor for R.A.R.E. Art Labs.

Ian Cheng
Contemporary Artist

Ian Cheng (born 1984, Los Angeles) makes simulations that explore the nature of mutation and our capacity to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design and cognitive science, Ian’s virtual ecosystems are populated with characters governed by competing models of artificial intelligence (AI). Ian sees his simulations as a form for viewers to exercise feelings of anxiety, confusion, and cognitive dissonance that accompany the experience of change.

Stuart Comer
MoMA, Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art

Since Stuart Comer’s appointment as Chief Curator in 2013, his projects at MoMA have included Cut to Swipe (2014); Simone Forti and Charlemagne Palestine: illlummminnnatttionnnsssss!!!!!!! (2014); Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980 (2015); Juliana Huxtable: There Are Certain Facts that Cannot Be Disputed (2015); Bouchra Khalili: The Mapping Journey Project (2016); Tony Oursler: Imponderable (2016); Bruce Conner: It's All True (2016); Mark Leckey: Containers and Their Drivers (MoMA PS1, 2016); Alexandra Bachzetsis: Massacre (2017); Inbox: Steve McQueen (2017); and Inbox: Charles Atlas (2017). Stuart was co-curator of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s 2014 Biennial, and previously served as the first Curator of Film at Tate Modern, London from 2004-2013. Stuart has recently hosted talks and screenings at MoMA with artists including Dara Birnbaum, Tania Bruguera, Ellen Cantor, Ian Cheng, James Coleman, Tony Conrad, Luke Fowler, Isaac Julien, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Ken Okiishi, James Richards, Hito Steyerl, and Christopher Williams. He has contributed to numerous periodicals, including Artforum, Frieze, Afterall, Mousse, Parkett, and Art Review. He is editor of Film and Video Art (2009) and has contributed essays to publications on such artists as Tom Burr, Andrea Fraser, David Lamelas, Sharon Lockhart, Mark Morrisroe, Bik Van Der Pol, and Gillian Wearing.

Nanne Dekking
TEFAF, Chairman of the Board; Artory, Founder & CEO

Nanne Dekking is the Founder and CEO of Artory, New York/Berlin and Chairman of the Board of TEFAF. Artory’s core product, the Artory Registry, is a secure, digital registry of verified information about artworks and collectibles, and their history. Artory builds an additional layer of trust into the art market that is already the norm when purchasing other valuable items—houses, cars, jewelry, or even computer software. Nanne is an eloquent advocate for change in the international art market. Prior to founding Artory, he was Sotheby’s Vice Chairman and Worldwide Head of Private Sales. Before joining Sotheby’s, he was Vice President of Wildenstein & Co., one of the world’s leading art dealers, where he advised individuals, museums, and foundations on the formation and development of their collections. Nanne was the founder and principal of Nanne Dekking Fine Arts, an art consultancy firm and gallery in New York. He is the current Chairman of The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF). After graduating from the University of Amsterdam he held numerous distinguished positions in The Netherlands, including Deputy Administrative Director of the Dutch National Ballet. He started his career as Assistant Curator of the Historical Collections of HM The Queen of The Netherlands.

Simon Denny
Contemporary Artist

Simon Denny is an artist working with installation, sculpture, print and video. His research-based art projects explore the interaction and politics of tech business culture, both in governmental and commercial infrastructures. He has made several projects unpacking the culture around crypto, including Blockchain Future States at the 2016 Berlin Biennale, then Petzel Gallery and Proof of Work, a group show of crypto-related artwork he curated at the Schinkel Pavillion in Berlin; which is on until the end of December. He studied at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared in institutions worldwide, among them the Hammer Museum, LA (2017), OCAT Shenzhen (2017) Serpentine Galleries, London (2015); MoMa PS1, New York (2015); and MuMOK, Vienna (2013). His work has been included in major group shows at museums and biennials, including at ICA, Boston (2018); MCA, Chicago (2018); ICA, London (2012); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2013); Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing (2014); Manifesta (2016); Lyon Biennale (2015); Venice Biennale (2013); Sydney Biennale (2008). In 2015, Simon represented New Zealand at the 56th Venice Biennale. He is a Professor of Time Based Media at the HFBK in Hamburg.

Arthur Falls
DFINITY, Director of Communications

Arthur Falls is a professional communicator, journalist, and blockchain industry observer. As Director of Media, Arthur implemented blockchain giant ConsenSys' initial content marketing strategy and is currently the Director of Communications at the DFINITY Foundation. On the journalistic side, Arthur has hosted four podcasts, each covering a different era in the development of blockchain technology: Beyond Bitcoin (2014), The Ether Review (2015 - 2017), State Change (2016 - 2017), and The Third Web (2017 - present).

Marc Glimcher
Pace Gallery, President & CEO

Marc Glimcher has served as President and CEO of Pace Gallery for 10 years. He joined the gallery in 1985. Under his leadership, Pace has greatly expanded the scope of its artist representation, adding major international contemporary artists as well as prominent artist estates to its roster. Marc has also spearheaded Pace’s geographic expansion—opening galleries in London, Palo Alto, Hong Kong, Beijing, Seoul, and Geneva over the last decade—and introducing the gallery’s program to an increasingly international audience. In addition to the expansion abroad, Marc is currently overseeing the design and construction of Pace’s new flagship gallery in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood. Designed by Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture, the eight-story gallery is anticipated to open in September 2019. In 2008, Marc founded Artifex Press, LLC, the first digital, online catalogue raisonné publishing company; and in 2016, together with Futurecity Founder Mark Davy and Pace President Mollie-Dent Brocklehurst, Marc established FuturePace, an international cultural partnership innovating multidisciplinary projects for art in the public realm.

Vanessa Grellet
ConsenSys, Executive Director

Vanessa Grellet is a Global Executive with over 17 years of expertise in the Financial Services and Tech industry. At ConsenSys she focuses on Enterprise and Strategic initiatives including the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA), the Accounting Blockchain coalition (ABC) and leads the Blockchain for Social Impact Coalition (BSIC). Prior to Joining ConsenSys she was the CEO of IIH a Wealth Management firm, a key member of PwC’s global wealth management team and served as a corporate strategy executive for the NYSE managing a portfolio of strategic projects, partnerships and M&A focusing on Derivatives, Cash markets, Clearing, Listing, Market data and Regulatory reform. She is a former securities lawyer and worked for various regulators. She chairs the Nexus Working Group on Impact Investing, dedicated to educating, empowering, and connecting Next-Gen impact investors, philanthropists, and social entrepreneurs. Vanessa is an Advisory Board member of Cornerstone Capital, an ESG asset manager, sits on the Advisory Board of The Resolution Project dedicated to activating young leaders through social entrepreneurship and is a Partner at Acumen fund focused on impact investing. She is a Milken Institute Young Leader and a Young Leader Board member of the Off the Record lectures series (OTR) affiliated with the Foreign Policy Association. Vanessa graduated Cum Laude from Law School (Paris II Assas) and Business School (HEC).

Leelee Kimmel
Contemporary Artist

Leelee Kimmel works in painting, VR, and sculpture. All three articulate a language that the artist has been exploring over the course of the last few years to create a unique, personal vocabulary. "I want to immerse myself in my paintings and get lost, the same way I jump in and out of my VR worlds. For me, the work is classical and futuristic - my version of alien and pedestrian signage, all gut-slung.” The exhibition “Channels” at The Journal Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (2018), marked Leelee’s first solo exhibition. Her work eschews any hierarchies or horizon line in favor of pop-out amoebic organisms, shiny sharp angles, and liberated bursts of color, all floating and attacking a black or white abyss. Other solo exhibitions include Simon Lee Gallery in London, United Kingdom (2018) and group exhibitions include “100 Sculptures” at Anonymous Gallery in Mexico City, Mexico (2018) and “Feedback” at Marlborough Contemporary in New York, New York (2017). Leelee was born in 1983 in New York, NY, where she currently lives and works.

Jim McKelvey
Square, Co-Founder

Jim McKelvey might be best known for co-founding Square, the mobile payment system, but his entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond inventing new technology. A 1987 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Jim is also a master glass artist and author, having written the world's most widely read text on the subject, The Art of Fire. Jim co-founded Square in 2009 with Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, to enable small businesses to run their storefronts on a mobile device. Square has since grown to more than 2500 employees and a $25 billion valuation. Jim's other endeavors include LaunchCode, a non-profit creating a pathway for people seeking careers in technology, Third Degree Glass Factory, one of the nation’s main centers for glassblowing arts, and Mira Digital Publishing, an early digital technology startup, where Jack Dorsey interned before launching his own tech career and founding Twitter.Jim’s newest project, Invisibly, addresses the world's need for quality content through an attention economy which sustainably monetizes digital content and improves consumer and marketer experiences online. In addition to teaching at his alma mater, Jim authored three textbooks. In 2017, Jim was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve. Jim, and his wife, Anna (a programmer and attorney), have two noisy children.

Andy Milenius
MakerDAO, Chief Technology Officer

Andy Milenius is the CTO of MakerDAO and has been with the project since 2015. Aside from stablecoins, he is most interested in the intersection between decentralized applications, democracy and environmentalism. He is also a member of dAppHub, an online collective that focuses on the logistics of dApp development and the philosophical implications of the decentralization movement. Andy is from Detroit and currently lives in New York City.

Todd Morley
Y2X, Co-Founder; G2 Investment Group, Founder & Chairman

J. Todd Morley is Founder and Chairman of G2 Investment Group. He also co-founded investment firm Guggenheim Partners LLC, which has over $300 billion assets under management. He served on the Guggenheim Board as well as on its Executive Committee. G2 was founded in 2009, when Todd identified an opportunity with several partners to build an investment group that creates and sustains profit for individuals, families and institutions. The firm acts on the principle that investments in basic "pillars" of human need – food, water, energy, shelter, health care, communication, education – often create asymmetrical return profiles, many of which act as a hedge against inflation. Todd is a Series A financier for Amplify, Hint Inc., and Blueline Grid and principal investor and architect of enterprises including Rising Holdings, MB Global Partners, i(x) Investments, Threat Pattern and Forbes Private Capital Group. From 2010-2014, Todd served as Chairman of Forbes Private Capital Group, a private equity formation group co-sponsored by the Forbes family. Todd currently serves on the Board and the Investment Committee of Rising Holdings, a partnership with former Federal Reserve Governor, Nelson Rising, MB Global Partners, an international private investment group and i(x) Investments, an impact investing platform Todd co-founded. Todd also serves on the Lycée Français de New York Endowment Investment Committee. From 1995-1999, Todd was Chief Executive Officer of Links Holdings LLC, as well as a member of the Board and Executive Committee. Prior to this, Todd was a Managing Director at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette from 1991-1995, an investor in a United Kingdom Specialties mortgage lending company called Mortgages Plc, and a member of its Board of Directors.

Hans Ulrich Obrist
The Serpentine Galleries, Artistic Director

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show “World Soup” (The Kitchen Show) in 1991, he has curated more than 300 shows. So far in 2018, Obrist has co-curated at the Serpentine Galleries solo shows for Rose Wylie, Wade Guyton, Ian Cheng, Sondra Perry, Tom Abts and Christo. In 2014 he curated the Swiss Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, where he presented Lucius Burckhardt and Cedric Price—A stroll through a fun palace; the building was designed by architects Herzog & de Meuron, and the program was developed with artists Liam Gillick, Philippe Parreno, Tino Sehgal and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. Obrist's Art of Handwriting project is taking place on Instagram and is a protest against the disappearance of handwriting in the digital age. In 2013, Obrist co-founded with Simon Castets the 89plus, a long-term, international, multi-platform research project, conceived as a mapping of the digitally native generation born in or after 1989. In 2011, Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, in 2009 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and in 2015 he received the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals. Obrist’s recent publications include Mondialité, Somewhere Totally Else, Conversations in Colombia, Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

Lisa Phillips
New Museum, Toby Devan Lewis Director

Lisa Phillips is the Toby Devan Lewis Director of the New Museum, and has served as Director since 1999. During her tenure, she has quadrupled the size of the New Museum, along with its Board, staff, budget, and attendance, turning the New Museum into a critically acclaimed, leading international cultural destination. She conceived and realized the New Museum’s first dedicated building, which opened on the Bowery in 2007, designed by leading architects SAANA who went on to win the Pritzker Prize. The New Museum quickly became a catalyst for the transformation of the Bowery neighborhood, and inspired Lisa to found IDEAS CITY (2011), an international program exploring the future of cities with culture as a driving force, as well as NEW INC (2014), the first museum-led incubator for art, technology, and design. She is currently leading a second expansion, with a building by OMA/Rem Koolhaas which will double the New Museum’s size. Lisa has authored over thirty publications, has lectured extensively around the world, and has served as a visiting critic at Yale University. She was named a “Top 40 New Yorker” by New York Magazine as well as a “top 100 Business Women of the Year” by Crain’s, and Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” and was recently profiled in the New York Times.

Kenny Scharf
Contemporary Artist

Kenny Scharf was born in 1958 in Los Angeles and lives in Los Angeles. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York in 1980. One-person exhibitions of Scharf’s work have been presented at the Lotte Museum of Art, Seoul (2018); Hillstrom Museum of Art, St. Peter, MN (2018); the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY (2016); Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2015); Portland Art Museum, OR (2015); Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA (2004); Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles (2001); Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR (1999); Salvador Dalí Museum, Saint Petersburg, FL (1997); University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL (1997); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Monterrey, Mexico (1996); and Museum of Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale, FL (1995). His work has been included in group exhibitions such as Under One Roof, Urban Nation Museum for Urban Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2018); Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY (2017); Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (2017); Holdings: Selections from MCASD’s Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla, CA (2016); and Urban Theater: New York in the 1980s, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (2014). Scharf’s public artworks are on view at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, Los Angeles, CA; Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA; Davis Bros Tire Pros, Culver City, CA; West Adams Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA; Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA; and other locations around the world. Scharf is included in public collections including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY.

Dianne Schepers
IOHK/Cardano, EVP, Global Head of Business Development

Dianne Schepers is a legal/strategic/operational executive, dealmaker, and partnership builder with a focus on collaboration, execution, impact and empowerment. She has worked mainly in the ICT, financial services, and investment industries. Before joining IOHK in 2018, Dianne was interim general counsel at Blockhaus and a senior member of the blockchain team at MME Legal in Switzerland. She has worked as general counsel for Europe at a US investment corporation, as a manager and attorney for mergers and acquisitions at Andersen Legal, as a senior executive at various family offices, and as global head of legal at a Dutch-listed technology company. Dianne is engaged in Switzerland’s Crypto Valley, leading the Blockchain4Good Initiative, and is co-lead of the Crypto Valley diversity task force and co-chair of the events working group. She holds a master’s in law from Utrecht University, and a master of business administration degree from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.

Ben Vickers
The Serpentine Galleries, Chief Technology Officer

Ben Vickers is a curator, writer, explorer, publisher, technologist and luddite. He is CTO at the Serpentine Galleries in London, co-founder of Ignota Books and an initiator of the open-source monastic order unMonastery.

Leo Villareal
Contemporary Artist

New York-based artist Leo Villareal (b. 1967, Albuquerque, New Mexico) works with LED lights to create complex, rhythmic artworks. His installations use custom, artist-created programming code, which constantly change the frequency and intensity of lights in sequenced patterns. Leo has made temporary and permanent light sculptures for public spaces and museums including the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C., among others. Hive (2012), his light installation for New York’s Bleecker Street subway station, uses LED tubes in honeycomb-shaped arrangements on the ceiling. Colors shift across the hexagonal forms, changing in randomized progressions and resonating with the movement and activity in the station. In 2013, Leo debuted The Bay Lights on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge. Running a length 1.8 miles, the work consists of 25,000 energy-efficient, low voltage LED nodes. Leo was inspired by the surrounding area to guide his custom sequencing, integrating the kinetic motion of the water, air, and traffic to create abstract, organic patterns in light on the bridge’s suspender cables. Displayed in a random order for random amounts of time, the compositions have no preconceived outcome, resulting in sustained visual interest. Initially conceived for a two-year display, the light sculpture was met with positive public response and, through successful fundraising efforts, became a permanent installation on January 30, 2016. On December 7, 2016 the Illuminated River Foundation announced the selection of Leo’s artistic vision for 15 bridges spanning the River Thames.

Amy Whitaker
NYU, Assistant Professor in Visual Arts Administration

Amy Whitaker has spoken widely on blockchain, including at the Fast Company Innovation Festival, at Digital de Suite, and in graduate courses in both the business and art schools at NYU. Amy’s essay on the Bitcoin blockchain’s co-inventors, “The Eureka Moment that Made Bitcoin Possible,” appeared in the Wall Street Journal in 2018. Her whitepaper on fractional equity for artists using blockchain (with Roman Kräussl) has been cited in the Art Newspaper, Artforum, Artsy, ArtsDaily, and Forbes. Amy has advised numerous blockchain companies and worked with Bitmark since 2015. Amy is author of Museum Legs (Hol Art Books, 2009) and Art Thinking (Harper Business, 2016), and working on the forthcoming Economics of Visual Art (Cambridge). She holds an MBA from Yale and an MFA in painting from the Slade, and a degree in political science and art from Williams College.