Economies of Value: New Art Ecologies


A hybrid round table catalyzing professionals from the arts and STEM field to unpack the problematic conditions of contemporary art as an ecology, and its interrelationships with society and markets.

The one-day event is conceived as a networking opportunity and an experimental ground for knowledge exchange and open propositions.

Researchers and practitioners are invited to respond to contributions that propose alternative organisational models for the arts – valuing peer-to-peer exchange, common-oriented principles, and participative forms of governance. To imagine long-term collaborative networks and new modes of practice that rely on the cross-pollination of knowledge and a diversity of expertise to face complex problems. To speculate on alternative, horizontal economic models for the arts to exist autonomously as a societal asset, in active dialogue with diverse publics.

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🌐 Participation

The event is free to attend.

IRL: Due to concerns over the omicron variant, the event has now moved entirely online.

Online: The online event is open to participants who want to contribute remotely and/or observe the event. The event is streamed through Zoom. Participants wishing to intervene can join the conversation and/or use the chat service. A zoom moderator will group relevant comments to present to the room.

If you can not attend anymore, please let know and we will offer your place to others on the waiting list.

🌐 Programme (GMT)

START: Welcome & introduction

Primavera de Filippi
Blockchain Technology as a catalyst for new artistic practices

Pekko Koskinen
Economics of art and the discourse of value

NFTs, DAOs and crypto ecosystems


House of Natural Fiber (HONF)
Open Community and Cooperative values

RESOLVE collective
Platforming Social Infrastructure through Local Design

Transdisciplinarity, co-production and long-term P2P collaboration


Neil White
Art as an Instituent Practice

Final Q&A


🌐 Contributors

Primavera De Filippi

Primavera De Filippi is a Research Director at the National Center of Scientific Research in Paris, and Faculty Associate at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard. Her research focuses on the legal challenges and opportunities of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence, with specific focus on governance and trust. She is the co-author of the book “Blockchain and the Law,” published in 2018 by Harvard University Press, and she was recently awarded a €2M grant from the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate how blockchain technology can help improve institutional governance through greater confidence and trust.

Pekko Koskinen

Pekko Koskinen is a game designer, artist and developer specialised in gamification of social conventions. With a background in game development, Pekko has been working on utopian and fictional ways of living at the performing arts laboratory Reality Research Center and as member of YKON artist collective. Currently he coordinates the ECSA lab at Economic Space Agency, developing the Space platform for programmable economy and organisation. Most of his experiments have taken place within life at large, outside credited recognition. Within the field of conventionalized arts, some of his resulting systems have ended up in institutions, such as Athens and Mercosul Biennials, Volksbühne, NY MoMA.


Irene Agrivina is one of the founding members and current directors of HONF, the Yogyakarta based new media and technology laboratory. Created in 1998 as a place of open expression, art and cultural technologies in the wake of the Indonesian "revolution", the ‘House of Natural Fiber' was born out of the social and political turmoil against the Suharto regime. They run various programs, activities, research and projects under their curriculum called EFP (Education Focus Program) which focuses on the application and practical use in daily life of collaborative, cross-disciplinary and technological actions responding to social, cultural and environmental challenges. In 2003 they established a media laboratory focusing on arts, science and technology based on an open community with interdisciplinary background. In 2011 they established themselves as a foundation, hosting three labs;: v.u.f.o.c an extraterrestial study centre, HONFablab a digital fabrication lab and HONF factory a digital culture and media forum.


RESOLVE is an interdisciplinary design collective that combines architecture, engineering, technology and art to address social challenges. They have delivered numerous projects, workshops, publications, and talks in the UK and across Europe, all of which look toward realising just and equitable visions of change in our built environment. Much of their work aims to provide platforms for the production of new knowledge and ideas, whilst collaborating and organising to help build resilience in our communities. An integral part of this way of working means designing with and for young people and under-represented groups in society. Here, ‘design’ encompasses both physical and systemic intervention, exploring ways of using a project’s site as a resource and working with different communities as stakeholders in the short and long-term management of projects. For us, design carries more than aesthetic value; it is also a mechanism for political and socio-economic change.

Neal White

Neal White is an artist and co-director of the highly acclaimed research centre CREAM based in Westminster School of Arts. As an academic, White leads The Deep Field Project, a research studio at the intersections of contemporary art practice, experimental sciences, and the critical & environmental humanities. His own practice include a process based approach to what might be termed 'the experimental', which applies to both academic and artistic concerns, from epistemology in science, to forms of knowing in art. Neal White's work has appeared in many exhibitions internationally. He has recently worked with Monsoon Assemblages on a project for Venice Biennale 2020/21 (, and is developing a new exhibition in 2022 with Stefanie Hessler at Konsthalle in Trondheim. His work involves a commitment to social practice, as a director of O+I (formerly Artist Placement Group), and as one of the initiators of the Incidental Unit (based at Flat Time House, London). He is also part of the international collective Ecological Futurisms.

Linda Rocco

Linda Rocco is a London-based contemporary art curator, researcher and consultant. She curates this event as part of her practice-based PhD research titled ‘Towards a Decentralised Art Ecology for the 5th Industrial Revolution (5IR)‘, funded by LAHP/AHRC. Linda is the lead curator/producer for Liberty at The Greater London Authority (GLA) and has curated public events and exhibitions internationally, with established small-scale institutions as Goethe Institut, to warehouse spaces as Yinka Shonibare’s Guest Projects, including the curation of the public sphere for Nine Elms on the South Bank. She also co-directs the not-for-profit organisation _inventory platform, which engages communities in the UK and SEA through socially engaged projects since 2016. Linda regularly works as curator with artists and private galleries, as well as consulting for charities, foundations and public institutions, including Arts Council England, on accessible and socially engaged arts; collaboration with STEM subjects as well as participatory and intermedia practices.

The event is being funded by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (AHRC DTP) and the Royal College of Art.