NFTs and Blockchain-Based Art

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
NFTs and Blockchain-Based Art
Fall 2024
Taught By: Michael Assis
Section: A

CRN: 17508

Credits: 3

In the past few years, we have witnessed the emergence of a new digital medium: the blockchain. Since its inception, the blockchain has been the locus of a wide variety of unique artistic practices, from JPEGs to performances, all enveloped within a hyper-commodified ecosystem. This course will critically examine the blockchain as an artistic medium and will contextualize blockchain-based art within a greater history of art and technology. Blockchain-based art offers us a chance to reexamine and challenge old notions such as authenticity, uniqueness, and reproduction, providing an opportunity to see how art and new media theories hold up against this burgeoning medium and the slew of artistic expressions utilizing it. Students will read seminal texts from the fields of media and new media studies, philosophy of art and technology, and art history and theory, alongside case studies ranging from the middle-ages to the 21st century. The course will be organized in three sections, Medium, Performance, and Commodification, and will conclude with a curation of a digital exhibition of blockchain-based art. In these sections we will explore topics such as: materiality and ontology of the digital; generative, performative, and interactive art and theory; and the social and economic dimensions of art. At the conclusion of this course, students will be familiar with critical terms, ideas, and theories from a variety of overlapping fields, and be able to critically analyze and discuss art on the blockchain.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students, juniors and seniors; others by permission. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least two prior history or methods courses in art, media, film, or visual culture. One of these courses should be 3000-level.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 4:00am EDT 7/13/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 258
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/4/2024