Meanwhile, at Feral File

Tuesday 1st August, 2023 - Bruce Sterling

FF 2.0 launches with a focus on collaboration

In last month’s newsletter, we hinted at a big debut for Feral File, and on July 13 we revealed it: Feral File 2.0, our new model for experiencing and collecting exhibitions (not to mention a totally refreshed look for our website). We’re so excited to finally launch FF 2.0, which marks a return to our core values by doubling down on what makes us unique in the on-chain art space. You can hear more about how we’re doing that in this video featuring Feral File co-founder Casey Reas and Bitmark CEO, Sean Moss-Pultz.

Feral File Co-Founder Casey Reas and Bitmark CEO, Sean Moss-Pultz, share their vision for the next iteration of Feral File.

Feral File Retrospective & New Hire Elisabeth Sweet

Last month, Feral File celebrated our second birthday with a two-show Retrospective, FF 1.0 and a2p, and a conversation series showcasing our community of curators and artists. More than 16 artists and 5 curators participated in the series of talks, which was attended by over 1,400 people. If you missed them, don’t worry: the recordings are on our new Feral File YouTube channel. We are delighted to share the On Generative Art discussion hosted in Collaboration with Right Click Save and the Conversation with Curators. The Retrospective also got a great feature in ArtNet and was covered in Kaltblut, Menafn, Crypto Times Register, NFT Evening, and more.

If you noticed a new face moderating our Retrospective series or our new exhibition walkthroughs, it’s Elisabeth Sweet, who joined Bitmark as a Communications Lead in June. Elisabeth brings several years of experience from projects such as theVERSEverse and from her own work as a poet and artist working in the web3 space. You’ll see much more of her leading programming around exhibitions, running our social media, and finding new ways to tell the stories of our exhibitions, artists, and curators.

Experience the opening walkthrough and all the other great Retrospective discussions in our Feral File YouTube channel.

FEMMEBIT presents: In Medias Res

Mark your calendars for August 17 and the opening of In Medias Res, an exhibition of video work by Los Angeles-adjacent, feminist, and post-cyberfeminist artists. The exhibition features Petra Cortright, JJ Stratford, Anna Luisa Petrisko, Casey Kauffmann, Ellie Pritts, Wednesday Kim, Eve-Lauryn LaFountain, Tuna Bora, and Huntress Janos, and is curated by Kate Parsons and Janna Avner of FEMMEBIT. Look out for more about this show in the coming weeks!

New Landscapes 2023 #29 by Petra Cortright. (((really? Wow.)))

Lumen Prize Nominations

The Bell Machine by Anne Spalter
Anne Spalter’s The Bell Machine was longlisted for the Lumen Prize. Since 2012, the Lumen Prize has celebrated the best art created with technology. Spalter’s The Bell Machine was part of the exhibition Peer-to-Peer and is now part of the permanent collection of the Buffalo AKG Museum of Art.

Also longlisted for Lumen’s Crypto Art Award is the POÈME SBJKT exhibition from our friends at theVERSEverse, who curated FeralVerse with us in May. Many congrats to our collaborators for these well-deserved honors!

Feral File exhibitions in the news

The Idunnos #25 by Jah

Our June exhibition In/Visible, curated by Linda Dounia Rebeiz, continues to get some amazing coverage: The New York Times included it in an article about Black artists grappling with A.I. bias in their work and interviewed both Linda and In/Visible artist Minne Atairu. Linda also went on the MOCA Live podcast to talk about the show, and In/Visible was not only reviewed in Damn Magazine’s latest issue, it also made the cover, with one of Jah’s Idunnos as the cover star!

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