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The NFT Explain Me with Marina Galperina and Amy Whitaker

by Paddy Johnson and William Powhida on March 9, 2021

Beeple (b. 1981), EVERYDAYS: THE FIRST 5000 DAYS, 2021. Non-fungible token (jpg). 21,069 x 21,069 pixels (319,168,313 bytes). Minted on 16 February 2021. Starting Bid: $100. Hammer price: 6.6 million. Offered as a single lot sale concurrently with First Open. Online, 25 February to 11 March

On this episode of Explain Me we do a deep dive on Non-Fungible Tokens, NFTs, pronounced Nifty, but also N-F-T. Joined by guests Marina Galperina, features editor of Gizmodo, and former curator and writer on digital art, and Amy Whitaker, author and assistant professor of visual arts administration, hosts William Powhida and Paddy Johnson navigate the headlines generating news around this new digital currency, the basic definitions, and the potential and dangers it poses to artists.
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  • Amy Whitaker, A New Way To Pay Artists, TEDXfoggybottom
  • Amy Whitaker and Roman Kraussl, Fractional Equity, Blockchain, and the Future of Creative Work, Management Science, July 2020
  • Amy Whitaker, Art and Blockchain: A Primer, History, and Taxonomy of Blockchain Use Cases in the Arts, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts. Summer 2019
  • Amy Whitaker, Hannah Grannemann, Artists’ Royalties and Performers’ Equity: A Ground-Up Approach to Social Impact Investment in Creative Fields, CMSE Vol 3, no 2, pg 33-51.
  • Memo Atkin, The Unreasonable Ecological Cost of #Cryptoart, Dec 14 2020
  • Rea McNamara, How Crypto Art Might Offer Artists Increased Autonomy, March 2, 2021
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Two Experts on Sci Fi: Marina Galperina and Laurie Penny

by Marina Galperina on February 10, 2015
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On Black Mirror, Star Trek, and subjective progressivism in sci fi.

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Marina Abramović Afterthoughts: Willpower, Control, Copyright

by Marina Galperina on June 5, 2010

POST BY MARINA GALPERINA All photos by Marina Galperina As Marina sat on her atrium throne on Monday, at 4pm the guards plowed lingering voyeurs out of the 6th floor gallery and her cast performers cried. Marina’s interviews played on a loop around the corner: “One thing I like about myself is my strong will.” […]

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Media Circus Imposes A Landslide of Transcendental Experience: The Last Day at Marina Abramovic’s The Artist is Present

by Art Fag City on May 31, 2010

POST BY PADDY JOHNSON From Marina Abramovic’s last day at MoMA. Image via: Man Bartlett The drama. Marina Abramovic fell to the floor weeping after her last sitter, PS1 Director Klaus Biesenbach, got up and kissed her at the end of his allotted time staring with the artist. What a performance! I liked the exhibition when […]

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When Marina Abramović Dies, An Interview with Biographer and Author James Westcott

by Marina Galperina on April 5, 2010

POST BY MARINA GALPERINA Marina Abramović, Tesla Ball, 2003, cibrachrome, 49.25 x 49.25 inches. Image via: Artnet When Marina Abramović dies, she would like Antony from Antony and the Johnsons to perform at one of her three funerals where no one will wear black and Marina-shaped marzipan cake will be served. Now, the self-proclaimed and widely recognized […]

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