Blockchains, Smart Contracts, DAOs and ICOs have interesting use cases for artists and the art industry alike. On smArtchain we showcase art projects and art startups based on blockchains and smart contracts. Contact if you would like to present your project on this site, participate at one of our meetups, or collaborate in other way.

# Art Industry Use Cases
Blockchain could revolutionize the art market by solving questions of provenance, improving transparency, copyright and ownership issues. Art start-ups are already building real-world applications on blockchain.

# Blockchain as a creative Tool
Apart from that, Blockchain could also be a new creative tool that artists use to push the boundaries of creation and society, as we can see with Plantoid or the terra0.

# ICOs, Artist Coins & Crowd Funding
Blockchain and smart contracts can also be used by artists to fund their project through token sales, creating their own artist coin or using it as a crowdfunding or crowd-investing tool.


Blockchain & Art Workshop with UDK

BlockchainHub Berlin and Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK) are collaborating on an Blockchain & Art Event. Prof. Hito Steyerl's UDK class is named Lensbased will be joining us for an intro to Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Decentral Web where we...

BlockchainHub @ Berlinale

BlockchainHub Berlin was invited to participate at Propellor | Speednic, hosted by the European Film Market of the Berlinale as well as the Propellor Film Tech Hub, an international innovation platform that aims to explore the touch points between film, technology and...

Blockchain LARP (Live Action Role Play)

Mick Halsband and Elad Verbin developed a metaphor of the Bitcoin blockchain as a social LARP (Live Action Role Play). The first event was conducted for a class of Art Students at Universität der Künste as part of the RCPP (Research Center for Proxy Politics) in...


Intro to Versiart

Building Distributed Trust and Certifying Works Online: What, Why and How?   Acknowledging the significant level of speculation and lack of transparency in the art market, how does the online question the verification...

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The Tatiana SHow

Tatiana interviews Caitlin Long of & Mark Dukas of! Topics Include: --"How Bitcoin Has Changed Mainstream Finance" --"The Reaction of Finance to Blockchains" --"Bitcoin Allows Everyone...

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Resonate: Democratize Music Industry

After the successful Ethereum crowdfunding campaign, musician and web developer Peter Harris saw a path to creating a fair, decentralized music streaming platform. Out of that Resonate was born. Peter joined us to discuss...

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Singular DTV

Singular DTV Twitter: Singular DTV Website: Singular DTV Whitepaper:...

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Ujo Music

ConsenSys's Phil Barry presents on Ujo (, the recent revolution in digital music consumption – and streaming in...

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Plantoid – Create new Autonomous Entities

Artist & researcher Primavera De Filippi has created a new species. It’s called Plantoid, and it’s difficult to describe in a single sentence. At first glance, it appears to be a mechanical sculpture, but taking a closer look it reveals itsself more as a...

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Ascribe Meet the Team

Berlin-based Startup Ascribe manages valuable digital creations. Artists, designers, and creative workers can share easily on the internet, but keeping it as "theirs" with proper attribution or getting fairly compensated has...

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Ascribe and the Internet of Ownership

The idea of using the Bitcoin blockchain to represent and track the ownership of off-chain assets is almost as old as Bitcoin itself. One of the startups that is pursuing this vision is Berlin-based Ascribe, which allows...

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Ascribe your Art

Greg McMullen talks about, a platform for artists to keep track of their digital work. For the full episode, visit...

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Further Reading


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