The Sphere: Toward New Ecologies of Funding for the Arts With Erik Bordeleau

The Sphere: Toward New Ecologies of Funding for the Arts With Erik Bordeleau

March 31, 2021
13H30 – 14H30

Free Online Event


Inspired by the recent innovations in the field of DLT (Blockchain) and P2P contributive economies, The Sphere is a transdisciplinary research-creation project for the development of a digital infrastructure for self-organization in the performing arts. It allows for different actors of the performing arts ecosystem to initiate creative collaborations and implement new funding strategies.

This session will be the occasion to creatively explore the Sphere general architecture and commons-oriented approach, which articulates through 3 axis: 1. The Anarchive: a dynamic, process-oriented archive of artistic works that operates as a digital common repository for artistic knowledge and practice; 2. a contributive accounting system to facilitate collaboration within decentralized open value networks; 3. a cryptoeconomic interface, developed in collaboration with Curve Labs, enabling liquid ownership and dynamic governance structures adapted to the coming economy.

Erik Bordeleau is a philosopher and media theorist. His work articulates at the intersection of political philosophy, media and financial theory, contemporary art and cinema studies. He is currently affiliated researcher at the Art, Business and Culture Center of Stockholm School of Economics and has recently taught a series of seminars in critical cryptoeconomics at the School of Disobedience (Berlin). In collaboration with Saloranta & De Vylder, he is developing The Sphere, a web 3.0 community platform for self-organisation in the performing arts. He is based in Berlin and enjoys, from time to time, the discreet charm of the precariat.

Photo credit: Saloranta & De Vylder website


The Office of Rules and Norms (ORN) is an arts-based transdisciplinary collective that engages with regulations, the rule of law and cultural norms. These engagements reveal, comprehend, play with, subvert, and transcend current ways of understanding and acting in relation to regulatory forces in order to make room for more equitable alternatives. In its attempts to query legal and behavioral urban infrastructures, the ORN specifically deploys art and design practice, culture, and methods along three axes:
Art as Subversion | Intervening in grey areas of regulation
Art as Pedagogy | Making public various forces and forms of influence
Art as Decision-Making | Reorienting modes of knowing and deliberating