The Sphere

The Sphere is a 3 year project aiming to develop a web 3.0 community platform for self-organization in the performing arts.

As a new transnational business model powered by distributed ledger technology (blockchain), The Sphere will enable every agent in its digital ecosystem to participate in the shaping of new organizational, aesthetic and economic forms. The Sphere will be prototyped in the circus arts sector.

Creativity can be limited by infrastructures that suffer systemic inertia and waste resources. The Sphere’s digital ecosystem is an open value network in which everyone’s contribution to a given creative process is registered. This enables a radical shift in the way we conceive of and manage remuneration and intellectual property, empower audiences as stakeholders, and incentivize artistic collaboration and inventiveness.

The Sphere will be delivered by a partnership of 11 artistic companies, cultural organizations, universities and festivals that have the combined expertise and capacity to produce a project that will have lasting effects on the European cultural landscape.

Project Objectives

  • Set up the basis of a new innovative business model for the circus ecosystem and beyond, by bringing different players together as stakeholders, promoting cooperation and encouraging transnational learning, sharing and participation Investigate and test
  • Rights Management and IP approaches, extract knowledge from the experience of existing blockchain projects and promote artistic innovation and sharing
  • Offer a digital transnational P2P platform on a European scale, and beyond In providing skills development, education and training,

The Sphere has the potential to become a major transdisciplinary research-creation hub at the junction of art, new governance practices and media technology. Its activities will extend across many creative, educational and economic sectors, creating work opportunities

Project facts

Main partner: Saloranta & de Vylder/A Radar Styled Novel (SE)

Partner organizations: Berlin Circus Festival (DE), Lithuanian Dance Information Center (LT), Teatro da Didascália (PT), Steven Bachelder (SE), School of Business (SE), Maison des Jonglages (FR), Cordata F.O.R. (It)

Third country partner organizations: High Acres Farm (US), Nordic House in the Faroe Islands (FO), La Serre – Arts Vivant (CA)

“The circus arts are a young and dynamic art field, offering an alternative vision of contemporary artistic creation. Presented in black boxes, traditional theatres, tents, or in the public space, contemporary circus has the capacity to attract new audiences and touch the diversity of individual and collective sensitivities at work in our societies. […] Relying on the talent of highly trained professionals but being also a popular cultural practice and a socially engaged sector, the circus arts have the capacity to contribute to a variety of local development objectives but also to question mainstream opinions and institutionalised policy choices. At the crossroads of different artforms, and more flexible in its structure and operations than other sectors, the circus arts have the capacity to invent or contribute to original partnerships, within or beyond the cultural sector.”

(Circostrada Network , “European Capitals of Culture and Circus Art” “The way ahead: recommendations to circus stakeholders, ECOC teams, and policymakers”)

The idea of a DAO is simple. Organisations are sets of rules. Computer programs can implement rules. An advanced blockchain, like Ethereum, provides a way of running any computer program on a distributed world computer. These small(ish) programs are called smart contracts. Code the rules of an organisation into smart contracts and deploy them on a distributed world computer like the Ethereum blockchain and a presto, you have a DAO.

A lot of interesting things follow. DAOs sidestep human meddling, they can be international, cross-jurisdictional, open source, unstoppable, uncensorable…”

Tere Vadén , Why DPO not DAO?


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