May 2018
08:30 am

Pre-Work Talk Berlin Blockchain forests: Natural resources taking back control

IXDS Berlin Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, 10999
Can natural resources become self-owned and managed? That’s one possibility the team behind the terra0 project are exploring, with their prototype of a self-owned augmented forest, and we’re very excited to welcome them to our Berlin Pre-Work Talk on Tuesday, May 15, to tell us about it. Forget hugs, these trees mean business!

Artists and designers Paul Seidler and Paul Kolling are two of the team members who have been working on a framework whereby a forest is able to sell licences to log its own trees through automated processes, smart contracts and blockchain technology. In doing so, the forest accumulates capital. They tell us it creates “a shift from valorization through third parties to a self-utilization that makes it possible for the forest to procure its real exchange value, and eventually buy itself.” 

Two years after the initial launch, the project continues to provoke numerous discussions around the topics of crypto governance, smart contracts, economics and questions regarding representations of natural systems – all of which we can delve into with you next week. In the meantime, you can check out where Terra0 has been mentioned in articles by Forbes, Wired, and MoneyLab.

Thanks to crypto collectibles such as CryptoKitties, new token standards have been established, and now the team is launching a new iteration of their project, implementing the ERC-721 token standard to focus on tokenizing natural assets.

This is mind-boggingly interesting. We can’t wait for this one, and to share it all with you! The event is free and open to the public, so just come along to our studio at Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39/40 on Tuesday, May 15. Doors open at 8:30am for coffee and networking, and the talk will take place from 9 – 10am.

Paul Seidler

is an artist/interaction designer living and working in Berlin. Since 2013 he studied at the University of Arts in the class of Prof. Joachim Sauter. During his studies, he worked in various research facilities, including the Design Research Lab and the Hybrid Plattform. His projects and papers have been presented at Leap Berlin, CTM, Transmediale, Dutch Design Week and ecocore.

Paul Kolling

is an artist and designer currently living in Berlin. He works at the intersection of design studies, new media and art-research, and strives to explore the interaction between new technologies, infrastructures, manufacturing processes and their social and economical implications. His projects and papers have been presented and discussed at transmediale, Ars Electronica, FIBER Festival, Furtherfield Gallery, Aksioma, Drugo More, re:publica, Forbes, Moneylab and ecocore amongst others.