In this moment of hype and headlines, this course offers an immersive tour of the world of blockchains. Through a series of lectures, discussion segments, and hands-on activities, we will get our hands dirty looking at the nuts and bolts of how blockchain and smart contracts work, while discussing and questioning how they might best be used. For those who may already be acquainted with some of the ethical questions around blockchain use: nothing we do in this workshop will be using proof of work.
Fridays, April 24 – May 8, 2021
Time: 10am – 12pm PT
Cost: $360 for Live Access – $150 for Audit Access – We also offer Diversity Scholarships.
4/24 – What is a blockchain?
– How do blockchains work?
– Blockchain history: how we got here and why
– What is mining, what is consensus?
– How to interact with a blockchain
5/01 – What is a token?
– Introduction to smart contracts
– Fungible vs non-fungible assets
– How to mint an NFT on your own terms
5/08 – Putting it all in context
– Blockchain art pre-history
– Intro to the p2p ecosystem more broadly (ipfs, dat, ssb, bittorrent)
– What is “decentralization”?
– What are daos?
Sarah Friend is an artist and software engineer, specializing in blockchain and the p2p web. She is a participant in the Berlin Program for Artists, a co-curator of Ender Gallery, an artist residency taking place inside the game Minecraft, an alumni of Recurse Centre, and an organizer of Our Networks, a conference on all aspects of the distributed web. She has been working in the blockchain industry for over 5 years, from the perspective of both an artist and a software developer at one of the largest blockchain companies in the world. Her most recent project is Circles UBI, an alternative currency that tries to create more equal distributions of wealth.