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Art+Tech Summit: Exploring Blockchain —
Is the Art World Ready For Consensus?

London | 17 July

Get to grips with the technology shaping the future of the art market with the Christie’s Art+Tech Summit. This annual one-day conference aims to spark innovation and collaboration across the industry, pinpointing a key technology trend each year to explore through inspiring talks, panel discussions and debates. Gathering together top thought leaders, innovators, companies and academics, each summit will offer a comprehensive vision of the impact of a new technology on the art world of today and beyond.

Our 2018 inaugural summit, co-curated with Christie’s Education and Vastari, will explore the potential applications of blockchain within the art market while giving an overarching view of its successes (and failures) in wider industries. With expert speakers from ConsenSys, Deloitte, Clifford Chance, Artsy, The Serpentine Galleries, The Financial Times, and many more, this year’s summit is an unparalleled opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation in the art world.

  • Summit Overview

    Watch highlights from our Blockchain panel discussion. The full Art+Tech Summit can be watched online on our official Christie’s YouTube channel.

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Summit Overview

The Programme

  • 9:00am

    Welcome & Introduction
    Elliot Safra, Christie's
    Bernadine Bröcker Wieder, Vastari


    Keynote Speaker: Consensus Algorithms, Distributed Ledgers and Bitcoin – What is Blockchain, Really?

    Leanne Kemp, Everledger


    Panel Discussion: Blockchain in Wider Industries

    Moderator: Edward Robinson, Bloomberg
    Nicolas Cary,
    Vanessa Grellet, ConsenSys
    Richard Muirhead, Fabric Ventures
    Anton Ruddenklau, KPMG


    Tech Talk: Blockchain – Legal Fact and Fiction

    Jonathan Kewley, Clifford Chance


    Debate: Is Blockchain the Holy Grail?

    William Skannerup, VeridenKey
    Jordan Fried, Hedera Hashgraph


    Tech Talk: Why the Art World Wasn't Ready for Blockchain

    Sebastien Genco, Deloitte

  • 1:15pm

    Keynote Speaker: The Blockchain Landscape in the Art World

    Anne Bracegirdle, Christie’s


    Panel discussion: Blockchain in the Art World – Digital Art

    Moderator: Jason Bailey,
    Masha McConaghy, BigchainDB/Ocean Protocol
    Matt Hall, Cryptopunks
    John Zettler, The R.A.R.E. Network
    Yehudit Mam,


    Tech Talk: The Future is Art

    Daniel Doubrovkine, Artsy


    Panel discussion: Blockchain in the Art World – Art Market

    Moderator: Jason Bailey,
    Nanne Dekking, Artory
    Ram Nadella, Paddle8
    Jess Houlgrave, Codex Protocol

  • 4:15pm

    Introduction: Speculation and Previous Initiatives Issuing Shares in Art

    Frédéric de Senarclens, ArtMarket.Guru


    Panel Discussion: Blockchain in the Art World – Tokenisation and Securitisation

    Moderator: Frédéric de Senarclens, ArtMarket.Guru
    Marcelo Garcia Casil, Maecenas
    Niccolò Filippo Veneri Savoia, Look Lateral
    Marco Abele, TendSwiss


    Tech Talk: Bleeding for Blockchain

    Kevin Abosch, Artist


    Panel Discussion: Key Take-aways & Reflections

    Moderator: Georgina Adam, Financial Times and The Art Newspaper
    Richard Entrup, Christie’s
    Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine
    Kati Price, Victoria & Albert Museum
    Ed Vaizey, Former Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
    Sylvie Gleises, AXA Art

  • Disclaimer: Programme subject to change without prior notice

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