MoneyLab#13 Krypto: Decrypting the Artist

Call for Contributions

Place: NeMe Arts Centre, Limassol, Cyprus
Dates: Conference: November 3/4. 2023, exhibition, November 1 – December 3, 


“The capitalist economic model, in its purest form, does not explicitly centre 
human well-being as its primary objective.” 1 
The Covid-19 pandemic lead to social experiments in many countries never before 
experienced during peace time. As people found themselves confined to their 
homes, offices, restaurants, and stores, remained empty. Remote working and 
online learning were normalised while medical advice was dispensed over zoom, 
all enabled by a networked infrastructure centred on profit over privacy. 
Meanwhile, online food delivery platforms exploited their migrant 
‘self-employed’ riders and drivers, and workers fulfilled our consumer needs in 
warehouses.2 <> 
The pandemic also enabled a shift to cashless payments and many countries using 
the pretext of infection risk, limited or banned the use of cash. This societal 
move towards dematerialisation was also evident in the art world. 2020 saw the 
proliferation of centralised NFT platforms utilising decentralised blockchain 
technologies which attracted many artists who saw them as a way of taking 
control of the promotion and sales of their work, and a way out from their 
usual precarity. But as Christiane Paul noted, “people talk about ‘buying’ NFTs 
rather than acquiring a specific artwork through an NFT. The sales mechanism 
itself has been commodified: a capitalist milestone.” NFTs and their rampant 
commodification also peaked in more mainstream spaces before bursting a short 
time later – Jack Dorsey’s first tweet, which sold for $2.9 million in 2021, 
only demonstrated limited interest when it was put up for resale in 2022, 
attracting a mere $6,800. 3 <> 
Commodification continues, in October 2021 during the midst of the pandemic, 
Mark Zuckerberg, in an effort to reshape his business still stigmatised from 
the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and other issues, announced that Facebook 
would change its name to Meta and become a metaverse company — the vision of 
which included billions of people inhabiting immersive digital environments, 
working, socialising and playing games inside virtual and augmented worlds. 
Within a year, in what can now be interpreted as a strategic move, Apple made 
privacy changes to its mobile operating system that have cost Meta billions of 
dollars in advertising revenue4 <> 
 and the discontinuation of their VR dreams. In June 2023 Apple announced their 
new Vision Pro, a $3,500 ‘spatial computing’ device that offers a mixed reality 
experience … only for those who can afford it. Will artist benefit from this 
latest gadget? Will Vision Pro lead to a redistribution of wealth in the 
direction of artists, designers and content producers? Most likely not.

MoneyLab#13 aims to interrogate the state of our recent and emerging 
technologies, and how they relate to our hegemonic economies. To this end, NeMe 
and the Institute of Network Cultures <> are 
seeking submissions for:

artworks to be exhibited in the NeMe Arts Centre between 3 November – 1 
December 2023 
speakers for a two day conference which will take place on 4 and 5 November 2023

Texts for a possible MoneyLab publication will be gathered, to be published by 
the Institute of Network Cultures in 2024.

NeMe Contribution

Up to €500 flight costs to 6 selected speakers, Including accommodation for up 
to 4 days and a per diem of €40.
The 10 selected artists will each receive an honorarium of €200.

All submissions should be uploaded using the form on [NeMe url] by 3 September 
2023. Submissions will be judged by a selection committee. Kindly note that the 
decision of the selection committee will be communicated via email around 
September 25, 2023. Also note that we will not be able to give individual 
feedback on unsuccessful applications.


Submissions can address at least one of the themes of MoneyLab#13

Blockchain, DAOs, NFTs and other crypto-related topics
Dematerialisation of money, cashless society, CBDC/digital euro
Revenue models for the arts
Applicants are allowed to make more than one proposal but these should be made 
on separate submissions.

As we are interested in new ideas, the submissions could be for a completed 
work, or a work in progress.

Artists, designers, coders, journalists, researchers, writers, and critics can 
apply for the exhibition, the conference and the publication, to be produced in 

Interested speakers who can raise their own funds for their travel and 
accommodation to Limassol, Cyprus should state this on their application as 
they will be excluded from the limitations of the available budget.

The Exhibition

We are seeking artworks that make radical use of crypto/blockchain, suggesting 
new, critically engaged investigations into alternative economies/wealth 
redistribution for artists such as UBI, NFTs, crowd funding etc.

The proposal should be uploaded using the form on the NeMe website in one pdf 
document which should include: 

Name/Surname(s) of artist(s)/artist
Contact email
City/Country of residence
Title of artwork
Description of the proposed artwork and how it is relevant to the themes of 
Screenshots/photographs of the artwork
Tech-Rider for the artwork
Bio of the artist(s)/collective
The Conference 

Name/Surname of speaker
Contact email
City/Country of residence
Title of presentation
For any questions, please contact us <>.

MoneyLab#13 is funded by the Department of Modern and Contemporary Culture, 
Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Culture with the support of the Institute of Network 
Cultures in Amsterdam.


ChatGTP responding to Sonali Kolhatkarand. See: Sonali Kolhatkarand. "Replacing 
the capitalist dream of AI-driven profits." Altternet, 17 June 2023. ⇧ 
Howson, Kelle & Ustek-Spilda, Funda & Bertolini, Alessio & Heeks, Richard & 
Ferrari, Fabian & Katta, Srujana & Cole, Matthew & Reneses, Pablo & Salem, 
Nancy & Sutcliffe, David & Steward, Shelly & Graham, Mark. "Stripping back the 
mask: Working conditions on digital labour platforms during the COVID‐19 
pandemic." International Labour Review, 2021. ⇧ 
"Man who paid $2.9m for NFT of Jack Dorsey's first tweet set to lose almost 
$2.9m." The Guardian, 14 April, 2022.
 ⇧ <>
Daniel Newman. "Apple, Meta And The $10 Billion Impact Of Privacy Changes." 
Forbes, 10 February 2022.

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