On 6 April, 2016 Bitcoin Wednesday is proud to present “Speculations on Trust and Currency“, an exhibition of 13 very diverse works about the digital currency revolution created by 30 graphic design students of The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK).
These 13 short works will be introduced by the designers themselves in a wide-screen cinema format. They will illustrate important aspects of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and aim to educate, raise awareness and inform all sides of the ongoing debate about the impact of this technology on society.
Although the subject is often in the news — and while it continues to spark an extraordinary amount of technical innovation — for most of the world it is only for tech savvy people and remains widely misunderstood.
Aiming to help us cross this gap this next generation of talented designers have applied their skills to making the digital currency revolution more accessible and intriguing enough for a broader audience.
The works in the exhibition include:
The Message by Magda Skibinska and Márton Kabai
Bitcoin Paradise by Jamie de Rooij, Noa Defesche and Bohye Woo
Archive of the Censored by Pascal Schilp and Thijmen van Brunschot
Trust by Fay Asselbergs, Zuzana Loch and Sean Valies
Als de munt valt (As the Coin Falls) by Carlijn Moerenhout and Ninthe Kiemeneij
Heimdall by Carmel Klein, Rik Laging and Joop Schroen
The Quest for Legitimacy by Annie-May Buxton, Jenica Pospisil and Maya Gottlob
The Fork by Remco Blom and Jakob Zerbes
The Bankless by Amaya Hagelaar and Janne van Hooff
Skeptics by Laura de Rijk and Tanya Singh
Waiting for Blockworld: A Play on Potential by Manus Nijhof and Paul Bille
Nationalised Slice of Life by Yacinth Pos, Jaap Smit and Lucas Jankoschek
Alice Fialová and Lisa van den Heuvel are the Bitcoin Bitches
The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague, founded in 1682, is the oldest art academy in The Netherlands and also aspires to be one of the most modern and innovative. Since the summer of 2015, the department of graphic design has been cooperating with Bitcoin Wednesday and the Bitcoin Foundation of The Netherlands to design a lesson plan that explores the relationship between art, technology and innovation in the context of the digital currency revolution.
A group of 30 3rd year students at the Academy participated in this project. For 10 weeks this year, the students have been learning about digital currency and recording their impressions in notebooks. From those notes they have designed these 13 final works, which will be projected in a full-screen cinema with a short explanation by the designers who created them. Some of the subjects explored by the designers are:
Marketing Done By Banks
Bitcoin’s Visual Identity
Our Relationship with Money
A World With No Bitcoin Obstacles
Making Bitcoin Mainstream