For the past week, as witnesses to the brutal events and the resulting protests unfolding across the United States – and then across the world, many crypto artists aligned themselves on the side of social justice, using art a an act of protest against racial inequality. Calling for change, they produced powerful artworks addressing the struggle against racism, police violence and inequality.
Among the artists and platforms listed below, many have donated their sales to organizations that pledge their support to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Activism in Crypto Art
Activism is the act to challenge and change power relations in society. Art is the expression to move people emotionally, alter their perceptions in the head, body and soul. Therefore Art Activism is the practice of generating emotional and perceptual experiences that prompt acts to change society.
Throughout history the most effective civic actors have married the arts with campaigns for social change, using aesthetic approaches to provide a critical perspective on the world as it is and imagine the world as it could be. In the struggle for Civil Rights for African Americans in the US, for example, activists drew upon the stories and songs and participatory culture of the black churches, staged media-savvy stunts like Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a segregated bus, played white racist reaction against peaceful protesters as a sympathetic passion play during the campaign to desegregate Birmingham, Alabama, and, most famously, used imaginative imagery (and popular cultural references) in a speech to call America to task for its racist past and articulate a dream of a better future.
Why Artistic Activism by Stephen Duncombe and Steve Lambert
Across the internet, crypto art engages people around the globe who are otherwise separated, in a movement demanding for justice and equality– a goal that is shared by all of humanity. Without physical limitations (especially during the time of Covid-19), crypto art platforms allow artists and collectors to make immediate responses, actions and contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement through art.
This #cryptoart community is 🔥 & 🖤 . It’s been very meaningful to me this week to join fellow artists, collectors, and platforms in the lane of art activism. It’s the best way I’m able to contribute to the voices, minds, and bodies constructively seeking change and justice.
Together, crypto artists question the world as it is, envision a world as it should be, and join forces to fight for a better world of the future.
No Justice No Peace Art project by the DADA Collective in collaboration with Dapphero, in support of Black Lives Matter and police reform 99% of killings by police in the United States have not resulted in officers being charged with a crime in the period from 2013 to 2019. Images of their victims circulate massively in the media but there seems to be a wall of silence around the names or photographs of the police officers that have been accused of killing unarmed Black people. They are not easy to find. As we say the names of the victims, we must also remember the names and faces of the killers. This is an aggregator of the police officers that have been involved or may be involved in the future in the violent deaths of unarmed Black people. The names and faces of the perpetrators, as well as the names of their victims and the circumstances of their deaths are now registered. immutably on the blockchain. All the information contained in the tokens is sourced from public records. A wallet has been created in the name of each victim. Each wallet holds a token with the image of their killers. The private keys of the wallets that control these tokens have been destroyed. No one controls these tokens. These tokens can’t be censored, modified, or taken down.
Jose Andres is a digital artist exploring virtual worlds, extended reality and cryptoart