*Dear profiles, avatars, and online flaneurs, Aksioma is summoning you to:*

*The Byzantine Generals Problem*



4 July 2022–end of the internet


*Curated by:* Domenico Quaranta

*Featuring:* Anna Ridler, Ben Grosser, Constant Dullaart, DIS,
FaceOrFactory, Kyle McDonald, LaTurbo Avedon, Moxie Marlinspike, Nascent,
Rhea Myers, Sarah Friend, Sarah Meyohas, Simon Denny, Guile Twardowski,
Cosmographia, Sterling Crispin, The Miha Artnak



*Monday, 4 July 2022 at 1 PM CET**

at https://distant.gallery/the-byzantine-generals-problem

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While waiting for the opening, you are kindly invited to read the *CURATORIAL



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An alternative to capitalism, or capitalism at its worst? An emancipatory
network economy where everyone has a stake, or a dystopian panopticon where
only the best man wins? An opportunity for democracy, or a
techno-libertarian wet dream? A new creative economy or a pyramid scheme? A
planet saver or a planet burner? Rarely has the debate around a technology
been so polarized as with blockchains, web3 and NFTs. We are facing a
problem of consensus, trapped within a Byzantine Generals Problem.

Some generals are besieging Byzantium. In order to avoid catastrophic
failure, they must agree on a concerted strategy, but some of them are
unreliable. Used to illustrate how consensus is reached within distributed
systems, this allegory can be applied to blockchains and to societies as
well. Yet, in a peer-to-peer debate with no central authority, consensus is
hard to reach for a reason; and the disagreeing general, the unreliable
actor, may be our best resource against the common sense of the

*The Byzantine Generals Problem* is an online exhibition focused on
artworks which, while not avoiding to engage with blockchains and crypto
culture, do it in a critically constructive way: questioning dominant
narratives, raising problems, and sometimes proposing alternative solutions.


*Domenico Quaranta* is an art critic, curator and educator interested in
the ways art reflects the current technological shift. His texts have
appeared in numerous magazines, newspapers, books and catalogues. He is the
author, among other things, of *Beyond New Media Art* (2013) and *Surfing
with Satoshi. Art, Blockchain and NFTs* (2022) and the editor of several
books, including *GameScenes. Art in the Age of Videogames* (2006, with M.
Bittanti). Since 2005 he has curated several exhibitions, including Collect
the *WWWorld. The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age* (Brescia 2011;
Basel and New York 2012); *Cyphoria* (Quadriennale 2016, Rome) and
*Hyperemployment* (MGLC, Ljubljana 2019–2020). He lectures in Interactive
Systems and is a co-founder of the Link Art Center (2011–2019)


Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2022

Realized in collaboration with and in the framework of: distant.gallery

Supported by: the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the
Municipality of Ljubljana

Marcela Okretič
Aksioma - Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana
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