North American Bitcoin Conference


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Many established and emerging crypto & ICO stars are soon to hit the stage on the James L Knight Center in downtown Miami. To many outsiders it'd appear to be against better judgment to spend time inside a packed conference hall right next to that seductive turquoise water, gently swaying palm trees and that world famous golden beach. That's true especially for those traveling over from the currently Blade Runner-esque January London. To most crypto obsessives, however, the weather can’t compete with what is out there inside.

In accordance with the newest data from Keynote, the attendance expectancy has tripled to 3000 people. Crypto is undeniably on a high roll in 2018. This year might just be the one that blockchain solutions explode into the general public consciousness as rather more than only a new type of currency. Considering its been around less than a decade the speed is incredible.

Speaker list at BTC Miami here

I shall be among the many other floor displayers there to present some crypto art and write to News BTC concerning the experience. Getting an email offer to hitch the conference came on the perfect time a month back as another trip over had been within the works since last summer.

My second US art exhibit might be on the Art Ford Lauderdale fair a week after BTC Miami in order that serendipitous gap might allow me that day on the beach after all – even when to only mentally prepare for what is to return right after. That is also my first collaboration exhibit through the legends only Tranter-Sinni Gallery. Because of the gallery, AFL will now also include our bodypainting performance with dancers and a 30-minute speak about tech, art and societal change at 3 pm on the 25th.

Art Ford Lauderdale site

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, during which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. ” – Carl Sagan

It is going to be interesting to speak at a mainstream contemporary art show concerning the blockchain, VR, and AI after hearing the newest tech insights a week before at BTC Miami. It isn't apparent to most in crypto why the blockchain is relevant to art – let alone those that may need only heard the name Bitcoin in passing. Crypto is fast becoming connected to visual art through innovations like Verisart and Maecenas, a decentralized art gallery. It could actually solve things that have caused major problems within it for hundreds of years.

After recently selling a piece to Silver 8 Capital I used blockchain to verify it through an open to public ledger. See the web authentication here. The landscape of art business is changing resulting from technology, and some galleries already cater to the emerging crypto collector class.

Tropical Bit Thunder

There will probably be a minimum of two more articles regarding everything that's about to occur in sunny Florida. These will include some professionally put together video material, images, insights and quotes from speakers. There are usually not many covering topics on this space from the attitude of a creative, so I’m privileged to supply it on this platform.

On the earth of finance people often forget why they're relevant to people outside of their primary field of interest. Money, especially now, can quickly feel like a gamelike abstraction only. The feedback loop from outside it's often the one that fuels intuition on where to take a position next, what to support and maybe help generate a new evolutionary idea.

For me, the blockchain inspired an entire new art platform and freed me to precise potential future directions more easily than the previous. Grandiose as which may sound inside the art world, in tech, that is only a normal Monday.

“T(r)optical” art piece by V E S A

The trip already inspired me to make this crypto art piece titled “T(r)optical.” The central palm tree has some coconuts in it and suggests that by journeying over you get to crack them open and access what is inside.

The peacock nesting within the tree has spread its wings to flaunt other crypto logos within as well.

The famous Miami skyline on the bottom incorporates the coins in addition to the code that's transforming the banking buildings that make it.

If someone had told me only a few years ago that I might be making art about digital money and be inspired by a conference –  I’d likely suggested for them to change their medication.

The facility of Bitcoin I assume.

Do you have to wish to purchase the T(r)optical art piece nr. 1s before everyone else you are able to do so here

More to return and will probably be listening to U2’s ‘Miami‘ on the best way over.

Visual Artist
London / Helsinki