The DAOWO Global Initiative forges a transnational network of arts and blockchain cooperation with leading international arts and technology institutions and communities in cities around the world.

Our ambition is to seed a new decentralised ecology of open source cultural organisations, built by artists embedded in distributed global communities. Designed to activate collaboration across communities, disciplines and sectors, DAOWO (Decentralised Autonomous Organisation With Others) events enable participants to interrogate the benefits and pitfalls of blockchain developments for arts, culture and wider society from local perspectives. Events connect visionary artists, cultural workers and blockchain entrepreneurs, together with local initiatives, communities, institutions and businesses to seek new transnational systems and approaches.

The DAOWO Global Initiative Network

In February 2020 we invited cultural practitioners and representatives of non-profit arts and technology organisations from around the world to participate in the Artworld DAO Think Tank – A 52hr Gathering, developed and facilitated by Ruth Catlow and Penny Rafferty. Together we discussed, analysed and mapped the obstacles, opportunities, and implications for progressive, decentralised artworld automation.

This intense learning session and retreat allowed cultural community activists to host their own events in their localities and organisations and prototype a DAO. Participants dissected the “old artworld” and drew on the emerging blockchain arts space to prototype DAOs as art and for art, to increase solidarity, strangeness, and freedom to take collective action – to create new arts ecologies. A jury of experts awarded funding to prototypes for progressive art DAOs and artworld DAOs to five successful teams.

Details of prototyping teams are to follow soon.

The DAOWO Global Initiative is a partnership between Goethe-Institut, Furtherfield/DECAL and Serpentine Galleries.